August 14th, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WWWLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Masato Furuno took the mound for the Swallows hoping to win his first game since June 25th against Chunichi. He was also hoping to make it past five innings which he hadn’t done since June 9th against Orix when he went seven.
|W: Fujinami (10-5; 2.76 ERA)
L: Furuno (4-3; 4.37 ERA)
S: Oh (2-2 36S; 2.86 ERA)
But it wasn’t meant to be. Furuno exited the game before the end of the fourth inning, and the Swallows dropped the first game of the weekend to the visiting Tigers to fall behind in the season series, seven games to ten.
|1 S)||Takeshi Toritani (S||1||Masayoshi Miwa (CF)|
|2||Yamato (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Kosuke Fukudome (RF)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Mauro Gomez (1B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Matt Murton (LF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Ryota Imanari (3B)||6||Mitch Dening (LF)|
|7||Taiga Egoshi (CF)||7||Takahiro Imanami (SS)|
|8||Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Shintaro Fujinami (P)||9||Masato Furuno (P)|
Tokyo got on the board first in this contest when Yuhei and Dening singled to lead things off in the second, two outs later Furuno drew a bases loading walk, and Miwa came through with his second walk in as many at-bats to push a run in.
Egoshi leveled in the top of the third with a solo homer on a high, 2-0 cutter from Furuon.
Your birds retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when Yamada, who had earlier doubled, was able to scoot home on a wild pitch when Yuhei drew a walk.
But that was it for the fun. In the top of the fourth, Furuno laid his own bed when he plunked Gomez with his first offering and then walked Murton on five pitches. Back to back doubles by the battery (yes, Fujinami hit a double, too) spelled three runs and curtains for Tokyo’s starter. Matsuoka closed out the inning by striking out Toritani on seven pitches.
Hanshin scored one run in the fifth and eighth innings. Gomez singled Yamato home after he his third hit of the game in the fifth. And Gomez scored on Imanari’s double with two outs in the eighth.
Tokyo got one back in the bottom of the eighth. Hatakeyama and Dening both got beaned, and Nakamura delivered a two-out single to right to push Hatakayema home from second.
But the visitors reestablished the four run advantage with a two-out rally in the top of the ninth. Ondrusek struck out the first two batters he faced, even dialing up a 156 kph (97 mph) heater against Ito, but three successive singles later and Toritani had made it home.
Matsuoka (2.63 ERA), Akyiyoshi (2.80), Kyuko (1.29), Roman (2.06), and Ondrusek (2.73) made relief appearances after Furuno’s early departure.
The team MVP on offense was Miwa of all people. He got on base three times, and added an RBI for good measure. He walked in his first two at-bats and singled in the bottom of the ninth to start a mini-rally that was abruptly stunted by Oh’s entry into the equation.
Tateyama will take the mound for the Swallows tomorrow evening against Hanshin’s Iwata. First pitch is scheduled for 6 PM.