May 21st, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 1
Last 5: LWLWL Streak: Lost 1
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Yamanaka ended up the loser in a pitching duel against BayStars rookie Imanaga as the Swallows bullpen faltered.
|W: Imanaga (3-4)
L: Yamanaka (2-3)
S: Yamasaki (10)
|1||Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)||1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Takayuki Kajitani (CF)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Tomo Otosaka (RF)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||José Lopez (1B)||5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)||6||Atsushi Ugumori (RF)|
|7||Koki Yamashita (3B)||7||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Yasutaka Tobashira (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Shota Imanaga (P)||9||Hirofumi Yamanaka (P)|
Both pitchers were strong through the first three innings. With a Yamada double being the only baserunner conceded the first time through the order for either side.
Yamanaka hit a bit of a speed bump in the fourth. After getting one out, Yamanaka gave up a liner single to Kajitani. Another out later, Yamanaka battled with Tsutsugo but ultimately gave up a walk on 8 pitches. Yamanaka quickly got ahead of José Lopez 0-2 but Lopez kept fouling off Yamanaka’s pitches. Lopez’s fifth foul just eluded a diving Ohbiki, and unfortunately the missed out was costly as Lopez singled up the middle to score Kajitani. 1-0 BayStars
The Swallows finally got to Imanaga in the sixth. Sakaguchi lead off the inning with a beatiful liner down the first base line that was good for a triple. Kawabata promptly singled him home for the tie. 1-1 All But the Swallows couldn’t get anything more from Imanaga.
Yamanaka came out to pitch the eighth with a pitch count a little over 100. He walked Ishikawa on five pitches. Luckily, Ishikawa erased himself on the basepaths with a weak steal attempt. Yamanaka then walked Kajitani despite getting ahead 0-2 in the count but he got Otosaka to fly out for the second out of the inning. With the fearsome Tsutsugo up to bat the Swallows decided to make a mid-inning switch to Kyuko. The switch failed as Kyuko gave up a weak single to center, and the Swallows decided to bring in Akiyoshi to face Lopez. This switch failed spectacularly as Lopez took Akiyoshi’s second pitch yard for three runs. 4-1 BayStars
That was all the scoring for the game. Ultimately the Swallows were held to just four hits and a walk against Imanaga and the BayStars bullpen. 4-1 BayStars FINAL
- Jingu was sold out for this game.
- José Lopez is hitting .400 with 6 HRs against the Swallows this year. He has sub-.200 averages against the Carp, Tigers, and Dragons, and a .242 average against the Giants.
- Tomorrow’s match will be for fifth place in the CL. Hara will start for the Swallows while the BayStars will start Yamaguchi.