May 30th, 2014
Fukuoka Hawks 3
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LTWLW
(Fukuoka Yahuoku Dome)
Your Birds controlled this one from start to finish, leveling their away series against Fukuoka.
|W: Ishikawa (4-5; 2.87 ERA)
L: Standridge (5-4; 3.66)
S: Barnette (1-0 13S; 0.00)
|1||Akira Nakamura (RF)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Kenta Imamiya (SS)||2||Ryota Fujii (CF)|
|3||Yuki Yanagita (CF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Seiichi Uchikawa (LF)||4||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|5||Dae-ho Lee (DH)||5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Nobuhiro Matsuda (3B)||6||Mitch Dening (DH)|
|7||Yuki Yoshimura (1B)||7||Takahiro Imanami (SS)|
|8||Tomoki Takata (2B)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Toru Hosokawa (C)||9||Masayoshi Miwa (LF)|
|SP||Jason Standridge||SP||Masanori Ishikawa|
In the top of the first, Fujii drew an eight-pitch walk with one out, and Kawabata worked a 2-1 changeup into right field to put runners on the corners. Yuhei then popped the first pitch he saw into left field which allowed Fujii enough time to tag up and score from third.
Standridge was perfect for the next three innings, and his opposite number, Ishikawa, was having an equally stingy evening on the mound. Ishikawa allowed only three base runners in the first four innings (two singles, one BB) while striking out two and keeping SoftBank off the scoreboard on 61 pitches.
Tokyo struck again in the top of the fifth.
Dening led the charge with a double to right on a full count slider, and then Imanami dutifully bunted him over to third. One out. Nakamura saw five straight sliders on the outside of the plate, and he connected with the last one, a fly ball to center that pushed Dening home from third.
Ishikawa had a bit of a wobble in the bottom of the fifth, however, and the home team would scrape one run back. Matsuda and Yoshimura started the frame with back-to-back outfield singles which put men on the corners. With one out, none other than former Swallow, Keizo Kawashima, tried to squeeze Matsuda home from third, but the latter got thrown out leaving runners on first and second with two outs. Despite the bit of misfortune, SoftBank were able to rustle up another hit in the form of a Nakamura single to left on a 3-2 slider right over the fat of the plate. Yoshimura scored from second.
The visitors added some much needed insurance in the top of the next inning. With one out, Kawabata and Yuhei singled to center, setting the table for Hatakeyama. Hatakeyama then launched the first pitch he saw, a slider hanging right in the middle of the closet, over the wall in left to clear the bases and tack earned runs numbered three through five to Standridge’s earned run average. It was Fludge’s 11th home run of the season, just six round-trippers behind his tally through 113 games last season.
Tokyo had a little bit of a scare in the bottom of the ninth. Roman came on to protect the four run cushion, but after getting out number one he plunked Matsuda, allowed a hit to Yoshimura, and then gave up a run on Takata’s ensuing single. Barnette relieved Roman in what had deteriorated into a save situation with two inherited runners. Yoshimura scored from second on a Nakamura single, but Barnette got out number three and save number third when he Akashi grounded out to second.
Ishiyama (3-3; 2.83 ERA) will take the mound in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon (1 PM) against SoftBank’s Terahara (1-0; 1.69).
Ishikawa threw 94 pitches over five and one-third innings. He struck out three, walked one, and allowed five hits (one earned run).
Akayoshi (3-0; 3.81 ERA) pitched one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
Ondrusek (2-0; 1.42) pitched a scoreless eighth.
Kawabata was the only Swallow with two hits today. He also scored in the sixth.
Hatakeyama’s 11th home run puts him in a tie for the Central League lead with Yokohama’s Tsutsugoh.
Tony Barnette set a new club record by carrying a perfect (0.00) ERA through his first 21 innings of the season. He broke Chang-yong Lim’s record of 20 which was set in 2009.