Aug 8th 2015, @ Chunichi

August 8th, 2015

Chunichi LogoTokyo Swallows 1

Chunichi Dragons 4

Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: LLWLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo dropped its second consecutive series thanks to Arakaki’s rough first inning, and a solid seven innings from opposite number, Wakamatsu.

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W: Wakamatsu (5-2; 2.32 ERA) L: Arakaki (3-10; 4.64)
S: Tajima (3-5 3S; 2.31)

This contest was all but finished after the first inning.

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Hiyane (CF)1Endo (SS)
2Kawabata (3B)2Oshima (CF)
3Yamada (2B)3Luna (3B)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Hirata (RF)
5Yuhei (RF)5Wada (LF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Morino (1B)
7Dening (LF)7Hernandez (2B)
8Nakamura (C)8Sugiyama (C)
9Arakaki (P)9Wakamatsu (P)
RPYamamoto, Kyuko, MatsuokaRPMatayoshi, Tajima (S)

Ohshima walked with one out and scored on Luna’s double.

With two outs, Wada drew a walk of his own, and then both runners scored on Morino’s single to right (2-0 fastball). If it wasn’t for an errant throw from Yuhei in right, only one run would have scored, but Wada made it home as well, and Morino took an extra base.

0-3 Chunichi

Yuhei would redeem himself with his bat, ending the day 3-4 at the plate with two doubles, but the birds were largely toothless in this affair, much like the day before.

Arakaki’s evening came to an end after Morino scored in the fourth.

0-4 Chunichi

Your birds scored a lone run in the top of the sixth on Ohbiki’s ground out to short with Yuhei on second (double) and Hatakeyama on third (walk).

1-4 FINAL

Arakaki took the loss after throwing 73 pitches (five hits) through four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) and paired three Ks with an equal number of walks. He has allowed at least one unearned run in his last three starts, and he has picked up losses in five of his last six.

Yuhei was the MVP on offense for Tokyo, but Yamada also reached base twice (0-2 with two walks), and Kawabata’s night looked like this: single, walk, ground out (4), walk.

Tokyo will attempt to scrape one back when old timer, Yamamoto, makes his first start of the 2015 season for Chunichi. The Swallows will counter with Ishiyama who pitched a solid seven innings of one run baseball in his last start on August 1st.

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