May 21st, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
What’s with Swallows-BayStar games that go long? The Swallows managed to break the BayStars’ 8 series win streak by taking the rubber match after 4:24 of hard fought baseball. The sayonara hero for the night was Hatake, who was involved with most of the Swallows’ scoring tonight.
|W: Akiyoshi (3-0)
L: Kosugi (1-3)
|1||Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Hiroyuki Shirasaki (SS)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Shotaro Ide (RF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||José Lopez (1B)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Aarom Baldiris (3B)||6||Lastings Milledge (LF)|
|7||Taiki Sekine (CF)||7||Takahiro Imanami (SS)|
|8||Shuto Takajo (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Kazuki Mishima (P)||9||Yoshihisa Naruse (P)|
The Swallows opened the scoring in the first after Yamada started off with four pitch walk and moved to third on a steal and ground out. Hatake cashed in Yamada with a poke single to right. 1-0 Swallows
Naruse cruised through the BayStars order once but ran into some big trouble in the fourth. Shirasaki kicked off the inning with a double and Tsutsugo became the first CL player to reach double digit homers with a blast right. 2-1 BayStars Lopez and Sekine followed with singles and Lopez got home on a deep double by Takajo. 3-1 BayStars
Hatake keyed the comeback in the sixth when he got a one out double and advanced to third on a Mishima wild pitch. Milledge got the deity home with a single to left. 3-2 BayStars Mishima proceeded to walk Imanami and Nakamura made him pay with a single to tie the game. 3-3 All
The game slowed down and both teams went through their bullpens. The Swallows got men in scoring position in the seventh, ninth, and tenth but couldn’t get the key hit to take the lead. Things weren’t looking great in the eleventh as Kosugi got two quick outs from the Swallows. Yamada came up and singled to center. Hiroyasu came in and followed with a single of his own. Finally Kawabata legged out a bouncer to third for a single to load the bases and set the stage for Hatake. Hatake skyed a foul that barely eluded the BayStars’ fielders and landed right in front of the BayStars’ bench. Spared the indignity of a foul out, Hatake followed with a drive the left that went over the head of a Tsutsugo who was playing shallow. 4-3 Swallows SAYONARA FINAL
- The bullpen relay of Tokuyama, Roman, Ondrusek, Barnette, Kyuko, and Akiyama combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Which was barely shorter than the 5.2 innings thrown by Naruse.
- Naruse looked good besides his bad fourth inning and came within an out of recording a quality start.
- The Swallows will head down to Hiroshima for their last CL series before interleague. Ogawa will face off against Kuroda in game one tomorrow evening.