September 19th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 4
Tokyo Swallows 10
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: DWWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
This game was tight through five frames, but then nearly the entire lineup chipped in to put this game away in the seventh and eighth.
|W: Roman (3-4; 2.49 ERA)
L: Ohtake (3-4; 2.92 ERA)
Two through six in the Swallows lineup all had at least two hits today.
|1||Hisayoshi Chono (CF)||1||Ueda (CF)|
|2||Soichiro Tateoka (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Shinnosuke Abe (1B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Leslie Anderson (LF)||5||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|6||Yoshiyuki Kamei (RF)||6||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|7||Okamoto (3B)||7||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
|8||Katoh (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Kan Ohtake (P)||9||Taichi Ishiyama (P)|
The visitors scored first in the top of the second inning when Abe was able to tag up on Katoh’s sac fly to right.
But Balentien ripped a double in his first at-bat, and Yuhei brought him home to level the score in the bottom of the second.
After allowing three base runners in the second, Ishiyama allowed four in the third. Chono and Tateoka both singled before Ishiyama got Sakamoto to pop out and Abe to strike out swinging. Anderson singled with two outs, and both runners came around to score. Kamei later singled, but the damage was kept at two runs.
But then Tokyo put together its biggest inning of the game. Ueda and Kawabata lit the first two red lamps on the scoreboard before a pretty solid two out rally transpired. Yamada, Hatakeyama, and Balentien connected for consecutive singles with the last one resulting in Yamada reaching home plate. Yuhei then pulled an Ohtake offering into the stands in left to score three more.
Yomiuri got one back in the top of the fourth, and they chased Ishiyama in the process. With one out, both Abe and Anderson singled, sending Tokyo’s starting pitcher packing. Nakazawa took the mound but was yanked after recording one out and allowing an Okamoto RBI single.
Roman finished out the inning and pitched a perfect sixth as well. He would end up with the win when his team’s bats reawoke in the seventh.
Hatakeyama led off with a walk, and he scored on Balentien’s ensuing double, his second of the game. Yuhei followed with a single of his own (his fourth hit in as many at-bats), and Ohbiki walked to load the bases with one out. Nakamura hit a sac fly to right that allowed Hiyane (pinch-running for Balentien) to score from the corner.
In the eighth, Kawabata and Yamada both singled, setting the table for Hatakeyama to take Tone yard with no outs.
Yuhei was the standout offensive player for the Swallows this evening. He was 4-5 at the plate (RBI 1B, 3 RBI HR, 1B, 1B), and he had four RBI total. Balentien had another decent offensive night with three hits (2B, RBI 1B, RBI 2B) and a total of two RBI. Kawabata and Yamada both had two singles each with the latter also adding a walk. And Hatakeyama chipped in with two hits as well, with the home mentioned earlier being his 25th of the season. Hatake also walked once.
Ohbiki also deserves credit for adding two walks to his single in the third inning.
Kyuko (2.61 ERA), Ondrusek (2.27 ERA), and Akiyoshi (2.55 ERA) did a fine job of keeping Yomiuri off the board in innings seven through nine.
The birds now head to Koshien for a pair of games against second place Hanshin. Yamanaka (6-0, 2.18 ERA) is scheduled to make his return from the DL against Hanshin’s Iwata (7-9, 3.47 ERA).