May 13th, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Lost 6 Last 5: LLLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The season-high losing streak continues another day as the Swallows lose to last place Hanshin at Jingu Stadium.
|1||Nishioka (3B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Uemoto (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Toritani (SS)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Gomez (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Murton (LF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Fukudome (RF)||6||Araki (LF)|
|7||Itoh (CF)||7||Nishiura (SS)|
|8||Umeno (C)||8||Nishida (C)|
|9||Iwata (P)||9||Arakaki (P)|
Tonight’s starting pitchers were Arakaki for Tokyo working on twelve days rest and Iwata for Hanshin working on seven days rest. Both pitchers showed rustiness as both teams collected hits throughout the game and created scoring opportunities.
Umeno got the scoring started in the top of the third with a solo home run. After the pitcher Iwata struck out swinging, leadoff man Nishioka walked without swinging the bat once. Uemoto then doubled to left and drove in Nishioka and the second run of the game. 2-0 Hanshin
The Swallows quickly responded in the home half of the third inning courtesy of a Hatakeyama solo home run. 2-1 Hanshin
Things started to become more exciting starting in the sixth inning as both teams created and took advantage of scoring opportunities. In the top of the sixth inning, one-time big league prospect Toritani reached on an infield single. Matt Murton then singled to left and drove in Toritani. Then with Murton on base, Fukudome blasted a two run home run to right field. 5-1 Hanshin
However, the Swallows refused to go down easily on Wednesday night. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Yamada doubled to left with one out. Ueda then followed with a single to right, runners on first and third. The always reliable Kawabata followed with a sacrifice flyball, scoring Yamada. After Hanshin changed pitchers form Iwata to Ando, Hatakeyama singled to right, creating another scoring opportunity with two on, two out. Yuhei then cleared the bases with a double off the left field wall. It was so close to a game-tying home run, only a couple meters higher and it would be a tied game. 5-4 Hanshin
Unfortunately for the Swallow, Hanshin then followed in the top of the eight with a couple insurance runs and have a more comfortable lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Hanshin loaded the bases against the Swallows bullpen and dealt the final blow against reliever Orlando Roman. Pinch hitter and veteran Sekimoto singled to center to center, driving in one run. Pinch hitter Kano then followed with a sacrifice fly. 7-4 Hanshin
In the bottom of the ninth inning against Hanshin closer Oh, the Swallows tried to muster one final attack but to no avail. After a leadoff home run by Yamada, the Swallows put runners on first and second. However Yuhei grounded into a fielders choice and Araki struck out swining. 7-5 Hanshin
The winning pitcher was Iwata. He did not have his best stuff during this game but managed to keep the Swallows at bay throughout the game. Meanwhile, Arakaki was the loser and fell to 1-2 on the season.
Tomorrow night in the finale of this typhoon shorted two game series against Hanshin, the Swallows call upon Naruse against Hanshin’s young ace Fujinami.