October 15th, 2015
Yomiuri 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.
|W: Ogawa (1-0);
L: Mikolas (0-1);
S: Barnette (1)
|1||Soichiro Tateoka (CF)||1||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|2||Yasuhiro Kataoka (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Shinnosuke Abe (1B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Hisayoshi Chono (RF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)||6||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|7||Hirokazu Ibata (3B)||7||Takahiro Imanami (SS)
|8||Seiji Kobayashi (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||MIles Mikolas (P)||9||Yasuhiro 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.
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…
- Current speculation has Tateyama starting for the Swallows tomorrow against Sugano.
- However, light rain is forecast for tomorrow so be prepared.