April 10th, 2015
Yomiuri “Gomiuri” Giants 2
Last 5: LLWWW Streak: Won 3
In what has become too common a theme, the pitching staff continued their record breaking performance while the offense did just enough to earn a 3-2 victory in the first battle of Tokyo in 2015. Oh by the way, we’re tied for first place…
|1||Kinjyo (CF)||1||Kawabata (3B)|
|2||Kataoka (2B)||2||Ohbiki (SS)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Abe (C)||4||Yuhei (CF)|
|5||Kamei (RF)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Ibata (1B)||6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)|
|7||Cepeda (LF)||7||Araki (LF)|
|8||Murata (3B)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Poreda (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
Playing inside the nice, climate controlled, albeit soulless piece of crap known as Tokyo Dome, the Swallows surprisingly got off to a quick start. In the most stereotypical style of Japanese small ball, lead off man Kawabata started he game off with a single. Ohbiki bunted him over to second IN THE FIRST INNING OF THE GAME with Yamada due up. After a long eight pitch at bat against Giants starter Aaron Poreda, Yamada eventually struck out but Yuhei followed with a single to left. 1-0 Swallows
In the second, Yomiuri responded against Ogawa. A Kamei with a single to right, a Ibata hit by pitch, and a Cepeda walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Fortunately for Swallows fans, the April 2015 version of the Yomiuri offense stinks and Ogawa managed to minimize the damage to only two runs. Murata hit a foul popup to the catcher and the pitcher Poreda struck out looking. With two outs however, crafty veteran Kinjoh slapped a ball into left field and scored two runs. 2-1 Giants
With both teams putting up zeros for the next four innings, the Swallows again showed grit and fight. After Tanaka grounded out to first, Araki singled to center, and Nakamura flew out to right. Iihara then pinch hit for Ogawa and despite being jammed, singled to left to extend the inning. Miwa then came on to pinch run for Iihara. With Araki at third, Miwa at first and two out, the Giants brought in Yamaguchi to pitch against Kawabata. Unfortunately for the Giants, the pitching change was a complete waste of time as Kawabata singled to center and tied the game. 2-2 Tie
Three Swallows relievers (Roman, Nakazawa, Akiyoshi) combined again for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and the Swallows went into extra innings for the second time in three days.
After the Giants squandered a golden opportunity to win the game in the tenth, Hatakeyama stepped up with one out against Sawamura and drove a 2-0 pitch to right field to give the Swallows a lead. 3-2 Swallows
Barnette came on in the bottom of the eleventh to finish off the game. Sakamoto struck out to start the inning and Abe singled to left to give the Giants a little false hope. Pinch runner Suzuki came in to pinch run for big boy Abe, stole second (because that all he’s paid to do) and advanced to third on Kamei’s ground out. With two outs the hero of yesteryear Takahashi Yoshinobu pinch hit and struck out swinging to end the game.
– The Swallows held their opponents to three runs or less for the thirteenth straight game to start the season. This had not been done in 59 years.
– Due to their horrible performance tonight, the Swallows pitching staff”s combined ERA went up from 1.50 to 1.51.
– Starters for Saturday’s game: Ishikawa (0-1, 2.08 ERA) vs punk ass 20 year old Taguchi making his first career start.