June 17th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
While surely still bleeding after last night’s debacle, the Swallows hosted the Lions, hoping for a bit of dignity.
|W: Yamanaka (3-5-0); L: Kishi (2-3-0)|
|1||Akiyama (CF)||1||Ohbiki (SS)|
|2||Kaneko (3B)||2||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|3||Kuriyama (LF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Mejia (1B)||4||Yamada (2B)|
|5||Asamura (2B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Sakata (RF)||6||Balentien (LF)|
|7||Onizaki (SS)||7||Imanami (1B)|
|8||Sumitani (C)||8||Nakamura (C|
|9||Kishi (RHP)||9||Yamanaka (RHP)|
|RP||Sano (L), Oishi (L)||RP||Lueke (R), Akiyoshi (R), Ondrusek (R)|
Top of the second. No scoring, but Imanami was stretchered off after a collision.
Bottom of the second. Yamada led off with a walk and made it to third on a high-bouncing Yuhei single. Balentien then grounded to short, allowing Yamada to score. Nishida came in for Imanami, which would turn out to be a good move. 1-0 Tokyo.
Top of the fourth, two outs. Asamura singled to right, then scored on a Sakata double. 1-1.
Bottom of the fourth, one out. Nishida ended a 7-pitch AB by depositing a change-up in the away bleachers for the first time this season and only the third time in his career. 2-1 Tokyo.
Bottom of the sixth, two outs. Nishida, having what might be a career night at the plate, singled on a bounce past second, then scored on a Nakamura double. Kishi looked to be wavering, but ended the inning after a longish mound conference. 3-1 Tokyo.
Bottom of the seventh. Sano took the mound for the visitors. Sakaguchi led off with a walk, then cooled his heels at first a bit while Kawabata popped out. Sano then did what Kishi hadn’t wanted to do all evening and pitched to young Tetsuto. Two balls low and away, followed by a high inside straight that the Swallows’ poster boy hit for a two-run round-tripper. 5-1 Tokyo, Final.