July 7th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 5
Last 5: WWLLL Streak: Lost 3
(Tokyo Stain Dome)
L: Ogawa (4-5 / 3.28 ERA)
What looked like a nice straightforward victory in the making turned into a painful narrow defeat after a 6th inning Ogawa meltdown.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Tateoka (CF) (CF)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Ibata (2B)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Kamei (LF)|
|5||Dening (LF)||5||Ch*no (RF)|
|6||Yuhei (RF)||6||Abe (1B)|
|7||Ohbiki (SS)||7||Murata (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Takagi (P)|
Tokyo got on top of opposing starter Takagi, who would labour throughout the evening, in the top of the 1st, with Ueda getting on base with a single before being brought home from second by a Dening infield hit. 1-0 Tokyo.
Piggy overlord registered the opposition’s first hit of the evening in the 2nd, hitting one just over the wall in right which made it 1-1.
In the 3rd, Yamada got on with a single to left, and was later cashed-in by a Hatake sac fly. 2-1 Tokyo.
And the lead was extended in the 4th, with a Murata error allowing Yuhei to reach first, before a Nakamura single and Ogawa sac bunt put two men in scoring position for Yamada. He delivered with a hit to centre to add two more runs, 4-1.
So far so good, but that would all change in the 6th.
After giving up just two hits over the first five frames, Ogawa hit a brick wall. He began by giving up a single to Tateoka, who would then steal second, before getting Ibata to fly out to right. The key moment of the inning came next, as Sakamoto worked a nine pitch walk to put two men on. After that mini battle, Ogawa never looked the same, allowing a single to Kamei to load the bases, before a bases clearing triple from Ch*no tied things up at 4-4. Alas the shit storm was not quite over, as the piggy overlord returned to hit a fly ball to left, good enough to bring home the go ahead run. 5-4 orange chumps.
And that was pretty much that, as Tokyo’s bats mustered nothing against the assortment of goons from the oppositions bullpen. Game. Set. Shit.
- Ogawa’s final line: 6 IP / 94 NP / 5 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 5 ER. That 6th inning, that 6th inning……
- Roman (1.24 ERA) and Ondrusek (2.27) did their usual thing, tossing a scoreless inning apiece in relief.
- Yamada stole two bases tonight, making it a CL leading 14 for the year.
- In more positive news, despite being insultingly left off the CL All Star team by Uber-Chump Tatsunori Hara, Hatakeyama was named the league’s monthly MVP for June. In review: In the month of six, he went 28-for-74, hit 8 homers, with 23 RBIs and a .378 batting average. Congratulations Hatake!
- If I never have to watch another G+ TV broadcast again it will be too soon.
- Tomorrow will see the last of the two-and-done series at the stain dome, with Naruse taking on another slightly faded ex-PL star Sugiuchi on the mound. I shall not be watching (see the previous point).