July 8th 2015, @ Yomiuri

July 8th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 4FYG

Yomiuri Giants 7

Last 5: WLLLL Streak: Lost 4

(Tokyo Dome)

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W: Sugiuchi (6-4)
L: Naruse (3-8)`

Yomiuri had double digit hits and starter Sugiuchi pitched into the eighth inning, dropping the Swallows to their fourth consecutive loss.

 Swallows Dragons
1Hiyane (CF)1Tateoka (CF)
2Kawabata (3B)2Ibata (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Sakamoto (SS)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Kamei (LF)
5Dening (LF)5Chono (RF)
6Tanaka (RF)6Abe (1B)
7Ohbiki (SS)7Murata (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Naruse (P)9Sugiuchi (P)

The starters for this game featured the Giants’ Sugiuchi, winless since late May versus Naruse for the Swallows, coming off a solid start his last time out. 

Hot hitting Aikawa got the Yomiuri offense started in the bottom of the third with a solo shot to left center, his fourth of the season. 1-0 Yomiuri

The big inning and Naruse knockout blow came in the bottom of the fourth. The Yomiuri 5-6-7 hitters reached and loaded the bases with nobody out. After a harmless Aikawa fly out, an assumed automatic out in pitcher Sugiuchi was at bat. A career .100 hitter, Sugiuchi stepped up to rip an RBI single to right, followed by consecutive RBI singles by Tateoka and Ibata. The damage against Naruse and his replacement Matsuoka was capped off by a Sakamoto RBI ground out. 5-0 Yomiuri

In the fifth inning, Abe added a solo shot off Akiyoshi. 6-0 Yomiuri

The Swallows made it interesting in the latter stages on a Kawabata solo home run and a few additional runs but the final result was never really in question. 7-4 Yomiuri Final

Game Notes

Sugiuchi ended up going 7.1 innings, 2 earned runs, 5 strikeouts. At the plate he was 1-3 with an RBI. It was his first win in about six weeks. Naruse on the other hand gave up his NPB worst 14th home run of the season and was unable to make it out of fourth inning.

Swallows manager Manaka tinkered with the lineup moving Kawabata up to #2 and moving Yamada to the #3 spot. Kawabata responded by going 3-4, including his third home run of the season. However, without a table setter at the top of the lineup, chances are that this is a short lived experiment. 

Off the field, outfielder Ueda was deactivated due to a hamstring injury. The team expects him to be ready in about ten days. Meanwhile, the Swallows farm team is running out of position players and need some warm bodies to field a lineup. If anybody happens to live in the Toda area and is available during weekdays, it may not hurt to bring a resume on your next visit to the park.

The Swallows are off Thursday and then return to Jingu on Friday for a three game set against Yokohama.