April 3rd, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WDWWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo followed up its biggest win of the season so far with a close, but lackluster loss, mainly to Drew Naylor, who continued making his mark at Tokyo’s expense*.
|W: Naylor (1-0-0); L: Hara (0-1-0); S: Fukutani (0-0-3)|
|1||Oshima (CF)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Araki (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Hirata (RF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Viciedo (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Nanita (LF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Takahashi (3B)||6||Balentien (LF)|
|7||Donoue (SS)||7||Imanami (SS)|
|8||Katsura (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Naylor (RHP)||9||Hara (RHP)|
|RP||Ogawa (L), Tajima (R), Fukutani (R)||RP||Akiyoshi (R), Muranaka (L)|
The Swallows stranded nine runners in a game where the offensive production came mainly in one sixth-inning burst. The Dragons won on the back of a key Katsura home run in the seventh.
Top of the fourth. Araki doubled, then Hara walked Hirata. Viciedo hit an RBI single. 1-0 Chunichi.
Bottom of the sixth. The Birds gave Oshima a workout. Sakaguchi led off with a single to center. Kawabata followed that up with a line-drive double, which was then followed by a deep Yamada double to center, driving in two runs. 2-1 Tokyo.
Top of the seventh, one out. Takahashi singled to right. Donoue struck out, Then Hara threw a cutter right over the center of the plate and Katsura hit it into the first rows of the left field bleachers. 3-2 Chunichi, Final.
In his first appearance of the season, Coco Balentien went 1 for 4, with two strike out and a double.
Juri Hara took the loss in his first decision of the season, with a seven-inning, 92-pitch, six-hit performance. Akiyoshi put in a solid 1 1/3 innings, but Muranaka made Tokyo sweat, giving up two hits in his 2/3 of an inning on the mound.
The Swallows head down to Hiroshima on Tuesday.
* Naylor notched his first NPB win last August against the Swallows, a game in which he also hit a solo home run.