June 9th, 2015
Orix Buffaloes 1
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: LLWWW
|W: Furuno (3-0; 2.61 ERA)
L: Matsuba (3-6; 4.98 ERA)
Another quality Furuno start and a flurry of home runs allowed the Swallows to make it three on the bounce as they cantered to victory on the road against the hapless Buffaloes.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Nishino (2B)|
|Hiyane (CF)||2||Adachi (SS)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Itoi (RF)|
|Yuhei (RF)||4||Caraballo (1B)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||5||T-MF-Okada (LF)|
|Dening (DH)||6||Nakajima (DH)|
|Araki (LF)||7||Hara (3B)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Itoh (C)|
|Nishiura (SS)||9||Shunta (CF)|
Things got cooking early for the birds in the top of the 1st. After a Kawabata single and Yuhei walk set the table with two outs, the man who needs no invitation whatsoever when confronted with a set table, LORD HATAKEYAMA, clubbed one over the high wall in left for 3-0 Tokyo. It was LORD HATAKEYAMA’s CL leading 17th long ball of the season. It was also LORD HATAKEYAMA’s 6th home run in the month of June. LORD HATAKEYAMA is truly remarkable, all hail LORD HATAKEYAMA.
And that lead was extended to five in the 2nd, this time through a more surprising source, with an Araki single and Nishiura’s first dinger of the season making it 5-0.
The Swallows third and final home run of the evening came in the 5th, a solo Yamada shot (no.10 for the year) putting the birds further ahead at 6-0.
Furuno meanwhile, had things nicely under control, scattering just three hits over his first 5 innings of work, before allowing his and Tokyo’s only run of the evening off three hits in the 6th, 6-1.
He would work one more perfect inning in the top of the 7th, before (good) Matsuoka and Yamamoto came in to pitch a hitless inning apiece to close out the game.
Tokyo’s final two runs came in the 7th through traditional non-long ball means, a single for Nishiura and walk for Yamada being later cashed in by a two run single up the middle from Yuhei. 8-1 Tokyo Final.
- Furuno’s final line: 7 IP / 111 P / 6 H / 2 K / 1 BB / 1 ER. That slot in the rotation is now firmly his, and good on him, ’cause who doesn’t love a bit of Furuno eh? He’s now given up just one run in three of his four starts (6/7/7 innings of work respectively) since joining the rotation. He is truly Ready to Rhumble.
- After Dening’s huge game on Sunday, he was quieter this evening, going 0 for 4.
- Nishiura (.314) was the standout with the bat, going 3 for 4 with the 2 RBIs. Kawabata (.320) and Araki (.275) both had two hit evenings.
- This win puts the Swallows’ Interleague record at 6-5-1, keeping them in the top half of the IL standings. What is this sorcery?
- Tokyo will look to make it four on the bounce tomorrow as Arakaki takes on Tomei on the mound. After their two remaining games in Osaka, the Swallows will then head to the dirty sombrero that is the Seibu Dome to take on the Lions over the weekend, before their only rain make-up game of Interleague is played Monday vs the bouncing gimps from Chiba at Jingu.