Sep 21st 2015
Hanshin Tigers 2
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLWLW
|W: Orlando Roman (4-4)
L: Ando (5-4)
Yamada and a resurgent Yuhei led the offense while Sugiura returned from a long injury layoff to help the Swallows to an important victory against Hanshin.
|Ueda (CF)||1||Toritani (SS)|
|Kawabata (3B)||2||Imanari (3B)|
|Yamada (2B)||3||Murton (LF)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Fukudome (RF)|
|Balentien (LF)||5||Gomez (1B)|
|Yuhei (RF)||6||Itoh (CF)|
|Imanami (SS)||7||Tsuruoka (C)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Yamato (2B)|
|Sugiura (P)||9||Fujinami (P)|
The starters for this game were Sugiura for the Swallows, making his first appearance since April 19th against Central League wins leader Fujinami for Hanshin.
Top of the 3rd inning: Kawabata walked and scored on Yamada’s double off the left field wall. 1-0 Swallows
Bottom of the 3rd inning: Hanshin loaded the bases against Sugiura but only managed to score one run on a Murton ground ball. 1-1 tie
Top of the 4th inning: Yuhei hit a solo home run to right-center field, his eighth of the season. 2-1 Swallows
Bottom of the 4th inning: Gomez responded by hitting a solo home run to straightaway center field. The desperate Tigers just won’t go away. 2-2 tie
Top of the 7th inning: the Swallows were again able to take advantage of the HORRIBLE Hanshin bullpen and finally pull away.
- Ohbiki grounded out. 1 out
- Ueda singled to center.
- Kawabata reached on an infield single, runners on 1st and 2nd with one out.
- Yamada doubled to center, Ueda scored, Kawabata advanced to third. 3-2 Swallows
- Lord Hatakeyama walked, bases loaded one out.
- Balentien walked, Kawabata scored, Yamada advanced to third, Hatakeyama advanced to second. 4-2 Swallows
- Yuhei hit a sacrifice fly to left field, Yamada scored. 5-2 Swallows
Bottom of the 9th: Tony Barnette came on and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 36th save of the season.
Sugiura had some iffy moments but managed to wiggle out of each jam. His pitching line finished with 5 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. Although he did not come out with the win, he managed to hang with Fujinami and gave the Swallows a chance to win.
- With Hanshin and Gomiuri Giants both losing today, the Swallows Central League lead is back to two games. However. the Swallows still do not have a magic number to clinch the league.
- Despite only managing three hits against Hanshin starter Fujinami, the Swallows were able to wear him out early and get into the dreadful Hanshin bullpen.
- IF: the Swallows beat or tie Hiroshima on Tuesday evening and Gomiuri lose to Hanshin, the Swallows magic number to clinch will be 8.
- The Swallows bullpen (Roman, Kyuko, Akiyoshi, Barnette) threw another four innings of scoreless relief in this game.
- Starters for Tuesday’s game against Hiroshima at Jingu: Ishikawa for the Swallows, youngster Toda for Hiroshima.