Oct 15th 2015, CL Climax Series Final Stage – vs Yomiuri (Game 2)

October 15th, 2015

FYGYomiuri Giants 0

Tokyo Swallows 4

Swallows lead series 2-1

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

If last night was about getting the post season jitters out of the way, tonight was about throwing off all those demons and re-establishing all the elements that brought them a championship. The Swallows slayed MIles Mikolas and the Giants and re-established their one game advantage in the Climax Series.

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W: Ogawa (1-0);
L: Mikolas (0-1);
S: Barnette (1)

 Giants Swallows
1Soichiro Tateoka (CF)1Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
2Yasuhiro Kataoka (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Hisayoshi Chono (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)6Wladimir Balentien (LF)
7Hirokazu Ibata (3B)7Takahiro Imanami (SS)
8Seiji Kobayashi (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9MIles Mikolas (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Miles Mikolas was a thorn in the Swallows’ side all season going 3-0 in three games with a 1.71 ERA in those games. But like the other pitchers that gave the Swallows problems this year, cough Kris Johnson cough, the good guys prevailed when it mattered.

Ogawa started the game for the Swallows and had control issues that included loading the bases in the second inning. BUt as the game went on Ogawa got his control and was his dominant self. Mikolas started strong but started to unravel a bit as the game went on. The first chink in the armor came in the fourth inning. Kawabata opened the inning with a single and Yamada got his first CS hit in the form of a double to put men in scoring position with no out. Hatake did his thing by flying out deep enough to advance the runners. 1-0 Swallows Yuhei followed with a grounder to Abe that the former catcher decided to throw to third, allowing Yamada to scamper home. 2-0 Swallows Coco Balentien also got his first CS hit but a Yuhei running error gave up a run and the momentum.

The Swallows broke Mikolas in the sixth with back-to-back singles by the Kawabata-Yamada duo. A Yuhei single loaded the bases with one out for Coco. Coco worked the count to 2-2 and took what was given to him by hitting breaking pitch into right for two runs. 4-0 Swallows That ended Mikolas’ night and possibly his NPB career. Unfortunately an electric fan in the Giants’ dugout took the brunt of Mikolas’ anger after the American got the hook.

The only thing that Miles Mikolas beat at Jingu tonight.

The only thing that Miles Mikolas beat at Jingu tonight.

Ogawa kept the Giants off the board through eight innings, the only threat came in the form of a Tateoka hit in the eighth that Balentien completely misplayed allowing the ball to get past him. However good backup by Ueda and Tateoka’s over-zealousness lead to an out at third base to end the threat.

Tony Barnette pitched the ninth to shut the door on the Giants and give the Swallows their first CS win since 2012. 4-0 Swallows FINAL Swallows LEAD the series 2-1.

Random Bits and Bobs

  • Kawabata, Yamada, Yuhei and Balentien all had multi-hit games.  Balentien went 3-for-4 at the plate including a hard double.
  • Kawabata and Hatake both got hit by pitches. Hatake was not pleased…

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  • Current speculation has Tateyama starting for the Swallows tomorrow against Sugano.
  • However, light rain is forecast for tomorrow so be prepared.

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About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • dr. no

    Man, Ogawa had me worried in the beginning, but after loading the bases in the 2nd, he went on to retire the next 15 batters. Without a doubt, that was the best performance I’ve seen in person by a Yakult pitcher.

  • dr. no

    Also of note. Abe is an amazing 7 for 9 so far in the series. All 7 hits have been singles, solidly hit and none of them cheap.

    But what’s REALLY amazing to me, is that none of his hits have done any damage from the clean-up spot. He has neither knocked in nor scored a run. Hopefully he cools down before he does some real damage.

  • dr. no

    Sorry for the multi-posting.

    The talk of rain got me wondering, how would the tickets work? I know the date for make-up games are tuesday and wednesday. If friday is rained out, would my ticket be good for game 4 tomorrow or the makeup game on tuesday?

    not that i’m worried about a rain-out. i’ve sat in downpours at the ballpark where they haven’t called the game.

    • Kozo

      It would likely be like the last Jingu game in the regular season. Tickets for the cancelled game would be eligible for a refund, and tickets for the make up will hastily go on sale leading to a clusterfuck.

      • dr. no

        Well, then, let’s hope for no rain-out. It was hard enough getting tickets for 5 of the 6 games (i had no luck with the saturday game).

        Thanks for the info.