September 2nd, 2015
Last 5: WLWWW Streak: Won 3
(A Baseball Stadium in Kanazawa)
S: Tony Barnette
The batting triple crown trio of Yamada, Hatakeyama, and Kawabata led the offense, Ogawa was solid through seven innings, Ondrusek set up the save, and Barnette slammed the door shut. It all went according to plan as the Swallows beat Gomiuri 5-3 in Kanazawa.
|1||Hiyane (CF)||1||Tateoka (CF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Kataoka (2B)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Abe (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||C***o (RF)|
|6||Milledge (LF)||6||Kamei (LF)|
|7||Ohbiki (SS)||7||Murata (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kato (C)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Poreda (P)|
The starters for this game were Ogawa for the Swallows and Poreda for the Gomi Giants. So far this season, the Swallows have barely mustered any offense off Poreda. On this occasion however, the Swallows got off to a quick start.
Hiyane singled to center, advanced to second on Kawabata’s ground ball and stole third. He came around to score on Yamada’s timely hit. Yamada then stole second and scored himself on Lasting Milledge’s RBI hit. 2-0 Swallows
The Gomiuri quickly responded in the bottom of the inning after Tateoka singled and light hitting Sakamoto homered to left. 2-2 tie
In a near repeat of his epic eleven pitch walk against Sugano in his last start, Ogawa walked again in a nine pitch duel with Poreda and advanced to second on Hiyane’s sacrifice bunt. Ogawa then advanced to third on Kawabata’s single to left before Yamada walked on four pitches to load the bases. Lord Hatake again came through with runners in scoring position as he drove in two runs. 4-2 Swallows
Ohbiki walked and advanced to second on Nakamura’s sacrifice bunt. Ogawa then walked again before Kawabata came through again with a two out RBI single. 5-2 Swallows
Leslie Anderson hit a home run. 5-3 Swallows FINAL
News and Notes
- The Swallows completed their crucial seven game stretch against Hanshin and Gomiuri with six wins and one loss. They’ve won five straight against Gomiuri.
- Ogawa won ten games for the first time since his rookie of the year campaign two seasons ago.
- Wladimir Balentien is expected to return from his rehab in the US early next week.
- The Swallows are in a virtual tie for first place with Hanshin. “We’re going to take it one game at a time,” said Manaka and every other manager ever after the game.