April 2nd, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Swallows fans at Jingu were treated to fireworks on and off the field as the Swallows demolished Hanshin 9-2.
|W: Orlando Roman (1-0)|
|L: Iwasaki (0-1)||`|
|1||Takeshi Toritani (SS)||1||Takahiro Araki (LF)|
|2||Hiroki Uemoto (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Tsuyoshi Nishioka (3B)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Mauro Gomez (1B)||4||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)|
|5||Matt Murton (LF)||5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Kosuke Fukudome (RF)||6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)|
|7||Ryutaro Umeno (C)||7||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|8||Yamato (Maeda) (CF)||8||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)|
|9||Suguru Iwasaki (P)||9||Orlando Roman (P)|
After nearly a week of nonexistent power and lack of timely hitting, it was only a matter of time before the bats show the form that made them the best offense in 2014. Fans eagerly waited for anybody not named Yuhei to make a contribution on offense; especially the new starting shortstop who had done diddly squat since joining the club.
After both starting pitchers, Iwasaki and Roman threw up zeros to start the game, Hanshin drew first blood in the top of the fifth with a Nishioka RBI single. Gomez then walked to load the bases with two outs, giving Murton the opportunity to blow the game wide open. However, Roman battled and got Murton to ground out, shifting momentum to the Swallows. 1-0 Tigers
Swallows quickly responded to the measly run in the bottom of the fifth, Araki singling to center before Kawabata quickly doubled him home. Yamada then followed by crushing a chest high fastball deep into the left field stands for his first of many home runs this season. A Hatakeyama single then put an early end to Iwasaki’s night and it came down to hitless-on-the-season Ohbiki with a chance to break it wide open. However, unlike every other Ohbiki at-bat this season, he laced a double to center and knocked in two more runs. 5-1 Swallows
Things then stayed quiet for a few more innings (note: Hanshin did score one more meaningless run) until the bottom of the eighth when the Swallows loaded the bases with Yamada at the plate. In what was the perfect ending to a perfect night, Yamada belted the ball into the left field stands for a grand slam. Upon video review, the umpires chose wisely and gave Yamada the home run. 9-2 Swallows
What seemed like a difficult game for the Swallows on paper turned into a complete laugher as the Swallows improved to 3-3 on the season. Orlando Roman with a solid five innings of work, and Yamada with two homers, six RBIs were the standouts of the game. Fingers crossed that the pitching staff continues its central league leading hot streak and the batting carries over to the weekend when the Swallows travel to Yokohama to start a three game set against DeNA.
– Through six games, the Swallows have a team ERA of 1.67. They finished last season at 4.62.
– The Swallows won only eight of 24 games (.333) against DeNA last season.
– I tried chicken wings from KFC. Four wings for 500 yen. The wings are sauce less and have a decent amount of meat on them with a subtle kick. If they were priced at 100 each, I would probably order again but alas they are not. Final rating: 3 Hatakeyamas out of 5.
– if you know any foods that I should try to Jingu, please let me know.