July 19th 2016
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows found themselves in an early hole, clawed their way back into the game, had a grand opportunity to go ahead, blew that opportunity, and paid for it dearly at the end.
|W: Mikami L: Akiyoshi|
|1||Kuwahara (CF)||1||Ohbiki (SS)|
|2||Elian (3B)||2||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|3||Kajitani (RF)||3||Balentien (LF)|
|4||Tsutsugoh (LF)||4||Yamada (2B)|
|5||Lopez (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Kuramoto (3B)||6||Imanami (3B)|
|7||Ishikawa (2B)||7||Nishida (1B)|
|8||Tobashira (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Petrick (SP)||9||Sugiura (SP)|
The starters for this game were Sugiura for your Swallows, Petrick for the Yokohama.
Yokohama got to Sugiura early in this one, roughing him up for five runs in three innings before sending him to an early shower. After adding another run off reliever Naruse in the fourth, Yokohama got out to what seemed like an insurmountable 6-0 lead after four innings.
The Swallows offense then made things interesting by responding with four runs in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI hit by Ohbiki and a massive home run by Balentien to make it a 6-4 Yokohama lead.
The clubs continued to slug it out in the later innings, highlighted by a solo shot by Yokohama’s Elian and an RBI double by Balentien. 8-6 Yokohama heading into the eighth inning.
In the eighth inning, the Swallows offense finally overcame Yokohama’s lead and manage to come back completely. After Imanami and Nishida reached to open the inning, pinch hitter Ueda tripled them home to finally tie the game 8-8. Then with Ueda at third base and nobody out, momentum was with the Swallows as even a weak ground ball would bring in the go ahead run. However, the next two batters struck out before Sakaguhi grounded out.
In the ninth inning, Yokohama made the Swallows pay as hot hitting Tsutsugoh blasted a 3-1 pitch from Akiyoshi deep into the Swallows right field cheering section. 9-8 Yokohama final
- With Kawabata out for an extended period, Imanami showed his versatility and started at third base.
- The Swallows had a chance in the ninth inning but Nishida struck out with a man in scoring position.
- Starters for Wednesday’s finale are Ryan Ogawa for the Swallows, Kumabara for Yokohama.
- With this loss, the Swallows became the first Central League team to fifty losses.