July 29th, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows bounced back from Tuesday night’s spanking with a comprehensive win of their own.
|Noma (LF)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|Schierholtz (RF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Arai (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Soyogi (3B)||6||Ohbiki (SS)|
|Tanaka (SS)||7||Dening (LF)|
|Aizawa (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Imai (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
The starters for tonight were Ogawa for the Swallows, Imai for Hiroshima. Imai was making his first start since 2013 and it showed. The Swallows took advantage as his final line read, 2 2/3 innings, 7 hits 1 strikeout and three earned runs. Ogawa on the other hand was solid in his appearance going 6 innings and giving up only one earned run while striking out eight batters. Akiyoshi, Roman, Matsuoka, and Kyuko went the final three innings to seal the win.
On offense, the Swallows rode the long ball to victory. Yamada (again), Kawabata (starting to show more power since moving into number two spot in the batting order) and Hiyane (OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG this is not a typo) each had a home run. The Swallows also got other contributions from throughout the batting order including Dening (sacrifice fly in the second), Nakamura (RBI groundball), Yuhei (RBI single) and Lord Hatake (two run double).
When all was done, the Swallows won the game 8-3 while also producing double digit hits for the fifth game in a row. Many of us expected the Swallows offense to heat up in the summer but this is crazy!
With another three hits tonight, Yamada overtook Kawabata for the Central League lead in batting average. He now leads the league in batting average, stolen bases, and home runs.
Hiyane’s home run was his first in 802 days and just the second of his career. “I couldn’t believe it, it’s a miracle,” he mentioned after the game. Yes Wataru… we couldn’t believe it either.
Starters for the rubber game of this series are Ishikawa for the Swallows, youngster Yabuta for the Carp.
Tickets are completely sold out for Thursday’s ball game. The perfect storm of summer break for the kiddies, Carp, fireworks, and half price beer night caused this to happen.