April 28th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW
Arakaki made his first start of 2016 while rookie Okada came into the game looking to notch his first pro win. While Arakaki didn’t have the hottest start he was able to hang on to give the Swallows a win after the Swallows’ O capitalized on Okada’s implosion.
|W: Arakaki (1-0)
L: Okada (0-1)
S: Ondrusek (5)
|1||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)||1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Takahiro Arai (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Brad Eldred (LF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Seiya Suzuki (RF)||6||Takahiro Imanami (1B)|
|7||Tomohiro Abe (3B)||7||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Tsubasa Aizawa (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Akitake Okada (P)||9||Nagisa Arakaki (P)|
Arakai’s night started off with a single by Tanaka, who promptly came home on a Kikuchi double. 1-0 Carp An Arai single brought home another run and staked the Carp an early lead. 2-0 Carp
But if Arakaki’s slow start paled in comparison to Okada’s start. Okada walked the first three Swallows batters of the night. After getting Balentien to strikeout swinging, Yuhei got a first swing single to left to score two runs. 2-2 All Okada walked Imanami to reload the bases. Aizawa mishandled an Okada pitch to Ohbiki that allowed Yamada to score from third. 3-2 Swallows Ohbiki doubled to right to bring home two extra runs and end Okada’s night. 5-2 Swallows Kuri came in and gave up a single that scored Ohbiki for a final run that finalized Okada’s line for the night. 6-2 Swallows
0.1 IP / 2 H / 3 BB / 1 K / 6 R / 4 ER
Ponder that for a second…
Kuri pitched great in mop up allowing just one more hit and a walk the rest of the way through 5.2 innings.
Arakaki also only allowed two more hits in his remaining 5 innings. Unfortunately they were both solo shots. One to Abe in the fourth, and one to Kikuchi in the fifth. 6-4 Swallows
The bullpen trio of Akiyoshi, Lueke, and Ondrusek shut the door with minimal effort. 6-4 Swallows FINAL
- Arakaki pitched six inning on 91 pitches and got 7 Ks from the Carp. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.
- The lack of offense meant the game lasted a mere 2 hours and 37 minutes even though the first inning lasted almost 50 minutes.
- The Swallows will face the Giants over the weekend with Ishikawa set to face Poreda in the opener tomorrow night.