September 5th, 2014
Yomiuri Giants 1
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
A grand outing by Shichijo – complete game, 111 pitches; one run on five hits and two walks vs. four Ks – gave the Swallows an enjoyable win and Shichijo his first decision of the campaign.
|W: Shichijo (1-0); L: Utsumi (4-8)|
|1||Chono (RF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Hashimoto (CF)||2||Noguchi (LF)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Abe (C)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Kamei (LF)||5||Yuhei (CF)|
|6||Lopez (1B)||6||Iihara (RF)|
|7||Murata (3B)||7||Nakamura (C)|
|8||Ibata (2B)||8||Yachi (SS)|
|9||Utsumi (P)||9||Shichijo (P)|
Bottom of the second: An inning of sacrifices. Yuhei walked, Iihara hit, Nakamura sac-bunted them both over, and Yachi drove Yuhei home on a sac-fly. 1-0 Tokyo.
Bottom of the fourth: If Iihara isn’t careful, we might start favoring him again. He tripled. Nakamura then drove him in. 2-0 Tokyo.
Top of the fifth: The cocky visitors’ sole run came when Ibata and Chono hit to put men on the corners, then Hashimoto hit a sac-fly to bring Ibata in. 2-1 Tokyo.
Bottom of the sixth: Yuhei hit a deep double, then made it to third when Iihara grounded out. Nakamura then hit a high home run to left. 4-1 Tokyo, Final.
For the rest of the game Shichijo and the Tokyo defense shut down the league-leaders, a feat the hosts will repeat tomorrow.