June 9th, 2016
Tohoku Rakuten Eagles 3
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Kobo Stadium Miyagi)
The battle of the NPB cellar dwellers ended with a W for the PL team despite the Swallows managing to hold their opposition to 3 runs for a second consecutive night.
|W: Furuno (0-1)
L: Mima (5-2)
S: Matsui (11)
|1||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)||1||Takero Okajima (RF)|
|2||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (LF)||2||Kazuya Fujita (2B)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||Eigoro Mogi (SS)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (DH)||4||Shintaro Masuda (DH)|
|5||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||5||Ginji (Akaminai) (1B)|
|6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Ryo Hijirisawa (LF)|
|7||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)||7||Yasuhito Uchida (3B)|
|8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||8||Yuichi Adachi (C)|
|9||Jae-Hoon (Ha) (CF)||9||Louis Okoe (CF)|
|SP||Masato Furuno||SP||Manabu Mima|
Masato Furuno got the start for the Swallows and he acquitted himself well as he held the Eagles to just two hits through the first four innings. The Eagles Mima looked equally strong until a wobble in the third.
After getting one out, Mima gave up a walk to Nakamura and back-to-back singles to Jae-hoon and Ohbiki to load the bases. Then Mima missed low against Sakaguchi and hit the batter on the shin to concede a run. 1-0 Swallows The Swallows weren’t able to stretch the lead as Yamada struck out and Balentien’s hard comebacker to Mima managed to deflect right to the shortstop for a ground out.
Furuno’s wobble came in the bottom of the fifth. Furuno gave up a lead off single up the middle to Hijirisawa and a double to Uchida that was almost a spectacular diving catch by Yuhei. With men in scoring position Adachi wasted little time and took the second pitch he saw and lined it straight to center to tie the game. 1-1 All Okoye followed with a fly to right deep enough for the sacrifice. 2-1 Eagles The Swallows brought out Naruse to relieve Furuno and the lefty managed to get two outs to limit the damage.
Naruse wasn’t able to keep it going in the sixth as he lost a nine pitch battle with Wheeler for a double with one out. He got Ginji to strike out but gave up a single to Hijirisawa and Matsuoka came in to get the final out. Unfortunately Uchida singled on Matsuoka’s first pitch and the Eagles got their insurance run. 3-1 Eagles
Aoyama and Mickolio locked down the Swallows bats in the seventh and eighth but the Swallows got one final chance in the ninth against Yuki Matsui, the Eagles’ closer. Kawabata lead off the inning with a single and Hatake struck out on eight pitches. Kawabata was awarded second base on a dubious balk call and adavnced to third on a Iihara fly out to deepish right. Nishida stepped to the plate and watched three straight balls before he crushed a ball to left field that was mere inches from clearing the fence to tie the game. The ball stayed in the park, and was actually almost caught by Hijirisawa, and ended up being an RBI double for Nishida. 3-2 Eagles Jae-hoon, who had two hits on the night, had a chance to tie the game but struck out to end the game. 3-2 Eagles FINAL
- While the game started without rain, there was steady light rain falling starting from around the fourth inning.
- The Swallows will travel back to Kanto to face the Marines, fresh off sweeping the Tigers, at their home field in Chiba. Yours truly will file a report from Chiba on Saturday.
- The first game will pit Wakui against Ogawa and will start at 18:30.
- Ishiyama pitched a perfect eighth for the Swallows.