April 30th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: LLWWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo won the first inning again, but that wasn’t enough this time around.
|W: Ogawa (3-1; 3.63 ERA)
L: Yamaguchi (0-2; 2.63)
S: Ondrusek (7S; 0.00)
|1||Tateoka (CF)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Kataoka (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Garrett (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Chono (RF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Kamei (LF)||6||Araki (1B)|
|7||Murata (3B)||7||Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Kobayashi (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Imamura (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
|RP:||Yamaguchi (LHP), Tahara (RHP)||RP:||Leuke (RHP), Ondrusek (RHP)|
With two outs and runners on first and second, Chono opened the scoring with a broken bat single which pushed Kataoka home from second.
But with two outs and Kawabata standing on first, Balentien went after the first pitch he saw, a lazy low slider, and the birds were suddenly in the lead. It was home run number six for Tokyo’s left fielder.
In the top of the third, however, the visitors retook the lead. Sakamoto led off with a solo home run, and Garrett scored from first on a Kamei hit-and-run double.
The deficit survived until the bottom of the bottom of the seventh when the bench stepped up in an unexpected way. Pinch-hitting for Ogawa, Beavis (Hiroyasu Tanaka) doubled into the gap in left off of reliever Yamaguchi. Miwa took his place on second, but the upgrade in speed was unnecessary because Iihara (pinch-hitting for Sakaguchi) accidentally sliced one just over the wall in left on something with just slightly more force behind it than a check-swing.
Leuke pitched a 1-2-3 eighth (three groundouts), and Ondrusek took the mound to protect the one run lead in the top of the ninth.
First man up was Wakiya, pinch-hitting for Kobayashi. He struck out swinging on pitch number three.
Next up, Matsumoto entered the batter’s box for just the fifth time this season. He grounded out to first on a 2-2 forkball.
Tateoka was man number three. Ondrusek led with two pitches outside the zone but then got a strike with a heater down the middle. A high heater drew the count level when Tateoka fouled it off. Two pitches later, a victory-sealing grounder.
And Iihara was the MVP of the game thanks to his game-winning home run.
Ogawa ended up getting the win after the Junior Varsity theatrics of the seventh. He threw 113 pitches over seven innings, scattering seven hits (one homer), two Ks, and four walks. He allowed three earned runs.)
Game three of this series is tomorrow at 6 PM.
- The first base ump blew a call in the third when he opined that Sakamoto threw Yamada out. Replays showed otherwise. The birds ended up stranding runners on second and third that inning.
- With this win, the Swallows tied the season series at four games apiece.
- Iihara now has two hits in as many at-bats this season.
- After losing three in a row, the Swallows have put together a nice little three-game winning streak.
- Balentien added two walks to his home run.
- Kawabata was the only bird with more than one hit today. He was 2-4.