May 20th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 6
Last 5: LLWLW Streak: Won 1
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Lueke (2-1 ; 1.59 ERA)
L: Inoh (3-4 ; 2.54)
S: Ondrusek (9 S ; 1.02)
A two homer three RBI night for Tetsuto Yamada and a second straight decent outing for Yoshihisa Naruse helped the Swallows come from behind to avoid a stint in the CL basement as they won the first of a six game homestand.
|1||Kuwahara (RF)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Kajitani (CF)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Miyazaki (2B)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Tsutsugoh (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Lopez (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Kuramoto (SS)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Shirasaki (3B)||7||Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Tobashira (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Inoh (P)||9||Naruse (P)|
Naruse conceded the game’s opening (unearned) run in the 2nd, as a walk single, and Yamada error set the stage for a bases loaded walk, 1-0 Yokohama.
Then in the 2nd the deficit became two as Mayazaki hit a solo shot to centre for 2-0.
After Yamada hit the first of his solo home runs in the 4th off BayStars starter Inoh to make it 2-1, another solo dinger in the top of the 5th, this time for Lopez, restored the two run Yokohama advantage, 3-1.
Naruse did his bit with the bat in the bottom of the 5th, bringing Ohbiki home with a single up the middle after the shortstop had doubled to lead off the inning. 3-2. And the game was tied following a Sakaguchi dead ball and Kawabata single which loaded the bases for Yamada, who brought home a run on a ground out to make it 3-3.
The game would then swing in Tokyo’s favour for good in the bottom of the 8th. With starter Inoh still on the mound, Yamada’s second long ball of the night game the Swallows their first lead of the game, 4-3 Tokyo.
A single for Balentien and subsequent walks for Ohbiki and Nakamura then loaded the bases for the pinch-hitting Imanami, who faced Kumanami from the ‘Stars ‘pen. He hit a shallow fly ball to right of centre, and with Kajitani charging to make the catch, the ball seemed to bounce in and out of his glove, with two more runs scoring on the “hit”, 6-3.
After Naruse had left the game following his six innings of work, Lueke pitched an impressive 1-2-3 7th against the Yokohama cleanup corps, before Ondrusek, despite allowing two singles, shut the door on the Baystars for a 6-3 Tokyo Final.
- Naruse’s final line: 6 IP | 112 NP | 5 H | 5 K | 2 BB | 2 HBP | 3 R | 2 ER. This coming following his quite excellent 8 inings of 1 run ball at the Tokyo Dome last Friday (in the extra innings loss that I’m still engaged in therapy in an attempt to recover from) means he’s trending in the right direction, just when we need more decent innings from our starters. Keep it up Yoshihisa!
- Yamada is great. You already knew this.
- A healthy Friday night crowd north of 26,000 were on hand to enjoy this one. Expect more of the same this weekend with more glorious spring evenings forecast. Also these two upcoming games will be the last weekend evening games at Jingu until early July, so if you are, like I, of the opinion that day games are of the devil, then get out there and enjoy those floodlights this weekend.
- Tonight’s win sees the BayStars fall 1.5 games behind the Swallows in the CL cellar. Tokyo lead the season series 5-4.
- Tomorrow will see Yamanaka start for Tokyo, against Yokohama rookie Imanaga.