September 23rd, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Tateyama (6-2); L: Kuroda (9-8)
The Swallows won their third game in a row behind Hatakeyama’s three RBIs and a vintage pitching performance by Tateyama against ex-big leaguer Hiroki Kuroda.
|1||Maru (CF)||1||Ueda (CF)|
|2||Kikuchi (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Matsuyama (LF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Eldred (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Tanaka (SS)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Suzuki (RF)||6||Imanami (SS)|
|7||Abe (3B)||7||Miwa (LF)|
|8||Ishihara (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Kuroda (P)||9||Tateyama (P)|
Bottom of the first: after Ueda and Kawabata were retired, Yamada singled to right and then stole second off old man Kuroda. Lord Hatake then took a 1-1 offering and doubled to left, scoring Yamada. 1-0 Swallows
Bottom of the third: almost an exact repeat of the first inning. After Ueda and Kawabata were retired, Yamada singled to left and stole second on the next pitch. Lord Hatake then homered to left center. The Swallows off to a great start against Kuroda, who completely shut down them last time out. 3-0 Swallows
Bottom of the seventh: Kawabata walked, Yamada fouled out, and Lord Hatake walked. Yuhei then followed with a single to load the bases with two out. Kawabata scored on the next play, a wild pitch by reliever Imamura before Ohbiki stepped into the batters box to hit a double, scoring Hatake and Yuhei. 6-0 Swallows win
Meanwhile… Tateyama had one of his best outings of the season, going seven innings, walking none, giving up only two hits while facing the minimum 21 batters. Ondrusek then came in for his usual eighth inning role before Matsuoka came in to close out the ninth.
- Balentien got the day off for this day game.
- With Hiroshima losing, they are mathematically eliminated from the league champion discussion.
- The Swallows will host the DeNA Baystars at Jingu on Thursday night. The starters are Ogawa for your Tokyo Yakult Swallows, youngster Ishida for DeNA.