March 26th, 2016
Yomiuri Giants 10
Last 5: (LWL) LL Streak: Lost 2
(Tokyo Stain Dome)
The Swallows played hardcore sixth-place baseball™ for six innings before finally remembering that they were CL champions. Ultimately the revelation came too late as the team gifted Takahashi Yoshinobjob his first series win as a manager.
|W: Takagi (1-0)
L: Ishikawa (0-1)
|1||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)||1||Hisayoshi Ch*no (RF)|
|2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||2||Soichiro Tateoka (CF)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Garrett (Jones) (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)||5||Luis Cruz (2B)|
|6||Takatomo Sakaguchi (LF)||6||Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)|
|7||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||7||Shuichi Murata (3B)|
|8||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)||8||Seiji Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)||9||Hayato Takagi (P)|
The Swallows had a solid chance in the second to take a lead for the first time this season as Hatake lead off the inning with a single. Yuhei followed with a big double that could’ve scored a fast runner, but Hatake was only able to make it to third. Sakaguchi followed with a fly to left that would’ve scored most runners, but Hatake is not most runners, and he was thrown out at home. Neither Nakamura nor Ohbiki could stake the Swallows a lead and the Giants made the most of their opportunities in the bottom of the inning.
Cruz lead off the linning with a single and Kamei cashed him in with a double. 1-0 Giants One out later Kobayashi poked one into right for another run. 2-0 Giants
The next inning wasn’t any better as the Giants lead off with three straight singles, although the first one was erased by Tateoka’s overzealous running. Cruz followed with a homer to left for three extra runs. 5-0 Giants
Ishikawa lasted one more inning, and Furuno took the mound in the fifth. Furuno gave up a single to Sakamoto to start things off and despite getting two outs, he wasn’t able to close out the inning and he gave up RBI hits to Kamei and Murata. 7-0 Giants Furuno’s nightmare continued in the sixth as a leadoff walk was immediately punished with a Ch*no homer. 9-0 Giants
The Swallows finally got to Takagi in the seventh. Sakaguchi lead off the inning with a single up the middle and Nakamura got plunked. Ohbiki got the first Swallows RBI of the day with a double to left. 9-1 Giants Morioka followed with a fly to left of similar depth as the fly in the second inning, but Nakamura was able to score ahead of Kobayashi’s tag. 9-2 Giants That was all the Swallows were able to get from Takagi. The Giants got another run off of Tokuyama in the bottom of the inning. 10-2 Giants
The Swallows lead off the eighth with back-to-back singles but didn’t get any runs. They finally made their last stand in the ninth. The Swallows managed to get the bases loaded for Araki with two outs against Tone. Araki hit a double into the right field gap to clear the bases. 10-5 Giants Yuhei ended Tone’s day with an infield single to put men on the corners. The Giants were forced to bring out Yamaguchi to end the game against Sakaguchi. The newcomer couldn’t keep the dream alive as he grounded out to second to end the game. 10-5 Giants FINAL
- The five runs the Swallows scored today was the most they’ve scored at the Tokyo Dome since a 7-6 win in September 2014. The Swallows only scored 25 runs in 11 games at the Dome in 2015.
- The Swallows will send rookie Juri Hara out to the mound to make his debut tomorrow. The Giants will start sophomore Taguchi.
- The Swallows were the only CL Opening Day loser to repeat, making them the only win-less team in the CL.
- 43,307 people allegedly lost their souls at the Stain Dome rather than enjoy the beautiful spring day.