May 10th 2015, vs. Chunichi (Akita)

May 10th, 2015

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 6

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Lost 5   Last 5: LLLLL

(Komachi Stadium, Akita)

There were more hits in this game than a welterweight championship fight. Tokyo extended their longest streak of the season to five disappointing losses.

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W: Ohno (4-1-0); L: Ishikawa (2-4-0); S: Fukutani (2-2-7)

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Oshima (CF)1Yamada (2B)
2Araki (2B)2Hiyane (CF)
3Hirata (RF)3Kawabata (3B)
4Luna (3B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Fukuda (1B)5Yuhei (RF)
6Hernandez (SS)6Iihara (LF)
7Fujii (LF)7Nishiura (SS)
8Matsui (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Ohno (P)9Ishikawa (P)
RPTajima, Matayoshi, FukutaniRPFuruno, Roman, Nakazawa, Ondrusek, Barnette

 The Scoring:

Bottom of the first. The high point of the game: Yamada led off by hitting the second pitch he saw into the left field hill (there are no bleachers at Komachi Stadium). 1-0 Tokyo.

Top of the second. Things started to go South for Ishikawa in the North. Fukuda and Hernandez both singled, then Yamada bobbled a Fujii grounder, allowing Fukuda to score and leaving men on the corners. Matsui then safely squeeze bunted, allowing Hernandez to score on the fielder’s choice. 2-1 Chunichi.

Top of the third. Ishikawa got pounded like pizza dough. Hirata managed to double on a bounder to short. Luna followed that up with a two-run homer. After Fukuda got out on a broken-bat grounder to second, Hernandez, Fujii, and Matsui lined up two hits and a grounder back to the mound for another run, leaving Fujii on second, from which he scored on an Ohno single to left. Oshima also hit safely before Ishikawa was able to end the inning. 6-1 Chunichi.

Bottom of the third. The Swallows managed to recover a few runs. Matsui singled, Yamada walked, and both runners advanced on a Hiyane fly ball. Kawabata then drove Matsui home on a single and reached second on an RBI hit-and-run by Hatake. A Yuhei line drive single to left notched another run. That was all there was to be, though. 6-4 Chunichi, Final.

 Tokyo hosts last-place Hanshin starting Tuesday night.

  • John McConnell

    How did Ondrusek look?

    • Aside from that leadoff walk (wonky mound?), he looked pretty solid relying heavily on breaking balls. He retired the next three in order (including a K with Hirata at the plate).