Aug 1st 2015, @ Hanshin

Aug 1st, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 4Clean Hanshin Tigers Logo

Hanshin Tigers 1

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LWLLW

(Koshien Stadium)

W: Ishiyama (4-4 / 3.18 ERA); L: Messenger (7-8 / 3.00); S: Barnette (27 S / 0.64)

Your Swallows snapped a two-game losing streak and finally won a game at Koshien.

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Hiyane (CF)1Toritani (SS)
2Kawabata (3B)2Uemoto (SS)
3Yamada (2B)3Fukudome (RF)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Gomez (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Murton (LF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Imanari (3B)
7Dening (LF)
7Egoshi (CF)
8Nakamura (C)8Fujii (C)
9Ishiyama (P)9Messenger (P)

And it was partly thanks to a strong outing from Ishiyama in his return to a role in the rotation.

The offense chipped in, too, of course.

As has become so common for the top of the order, the birds jumped out to an early lead in this contest. Hiyane and Kawabata singled which set the stage for a Yamada sac fly.

1-0 Tokyo

Yamada got things going again in the third with a single to center with one out, and then Hatakeyama cleared the bases with a homer to left. It was his 21st of the 2015 campaign.

3-0 Tokyo

A two out rally in the bottom of that inning saw a Gomez RBI single which plated Uemoto, but that was it for the Hanshin offense.

3-1 Tokyo

Tokyo added an insurance run in the top of the eighth when Hatakeyama singled with one out and scored on Yuhei’s ensuing single to center.


The insurance run would prove to be unnecessary as Akiyoshi and Barnette combined to shut Hanshin out over the final two frames.



  • Ishiyama’s final line: 7 IP / 118 NP / 5 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 1 ER. It was his first appearance since May 31st, welcome back Taichi!
  • Ohbiki went hitless for the first time in over two weeks, with his htting streak coming to an end at sixteen games.
  • Tomorrow’s rubber game will see Yamanaka on the mound for the good guys, looking to bounce back from his last poor outing. He’ll be facing off against Hanshin lefty Iwazaki.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini