June 11th, 2015
Orix Buffaloes 3
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWWWL
The Swallows were one win away from getting back to .500, getting a 5 game winning streak, and sweeping the Buffaloes as an away team. The last boss was Brandon Dickson, arguably the best pitcher the PL has to offer. Unfortunately the Swallows weren’t quite up to the task.
|W: Dickson (7-4)
L: Naruse (2-7)
S: Sato (2)
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Yuki Miyazaki (LF)|
|2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)||2||Ryoichi Adachi (SS)|
|3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||3||Yoshio Itoi (CF)|
|4||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)||4||Hiroyuki Nakajima (3B)|
|5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||5||Eiichi Koyano (1B)|
|6||Mitch Dening (LF)||6||Francisco Caraballo (CF)|
|7||Ryosuke Morioka (DH)||7||Yoshitomo Tani (DH)|
|8||Takahiro Imanami (SS)||8||Takuya Shimada (2B)|
|9||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||9||Katsuki Yamazaki (C)|
|SP||Yoshihisa Naruse (P)||SP||Brandon Dickson (P)|
The Swallows got two back-to-back one out grounders to third that stayed fair and allowed Ueda and Kawabata to get on base to pressure Dickson. Unfortunately the ice cold Yuhei took Dickson’s first pitch and grounded into a double play up the middle.
Naruse faced an even tougher first inning thanks to a Imanami throwing error in between a hit and a walk which lead to loaded bases. Fortunately Koyano responded with a one pitch GIDP of his own to keep the scoreboard clear.
Naruse settled down and looked good into the third inning. After getting two relatively easy outs to start the inning he gave up a single up the middle to Itoi. He got ahead of Nakajima 0-2 but left a fast ball inside in the zone that Nakajima launched into the left field stands. 2-0 Buffaloes
The Swallows got to Dickson a bit in the fifth. After back-to-back one out singles, Yamada followed with a single of his own to score one run. 2-1 Buffaloes Unfortunately, Ueda and Kawabata couldn’t follow and the Swallows never really had another chance off of Dickson.
Naruse lasted into the seventh inning until a single-bunt-single combo for another run ended his night. 3-1 Buffaloes Orlando Roman finished the night for the Swallows.
Dickson held the Swallows to just seven hits, all singles, and one intentionalish walk to Hatake over eight innings. Sato came in to hold the Swallows in the ninth to end the Swallows winning streak and the Buffaloes losing streak. 3-1 Buffaloes FINAL
The Swallows head to Seibu for weekend action under the roof no one wants.