June 12th, 2016
Chiba Lotte Marines 7
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL
(QVC Marine Stadium)
The Swallows have rarely had a rosy path through Interleague play. Some games are worse than others, though. Like today’s massacre.
|W: Karakawa (2-2-0); L: Hara (2-7-0)|
Bottom of the first. Kato singled and Takahama bunted him to second. Despaigne drove him in. 1-0 Chiba.
Top of the third. Nakamura singled and advanced on a weak Jae-Hoon grounder down the third base line. Sakaguchi singled him in. 1-1.
Bottom of the fourth. Navarro and Suzuki singled. Hosoya bunted, but the runners didn’t advance. Tamura hit a fly ball to the right field wall, but it was enough to drive in a run. 2-1 Chiba.
Bottom of the sixth. Suzuki HPB. Hosoya single. Kiyota drove in two. 4-1 Chiba.
Bottom of the seventh. Muranaka took the mound. Kato and Kukunaka singles put two men on. Kakunaka was replaced on first by Okada. Despaigne homered. 7-1 Chiba, Final.