Jul 22nd, 2016, @ Chunichi

July 22nd, 2016

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Chunichi Dragons 3

Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LWLLW

(Nagoya Dome)

Shohei Tateyama was still looking for his first win since his 2453th comeback. The Dragons had denied Yoshinori a comeback earlier in July, but this time everything clicked and the Swallows got Tateyama the W.

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W: Tateyama (1-2);
L: Valdes (4-3);
S: Akiyoshi (6)

 Swallows Dragons
1Keiji Obiki (SS)1Yohei Oshima (CF)
2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)2Anderson Hernandez (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Ryosuke Hirata (RF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Dayan Viciedo (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Ricardo Nanita (LF)
6Jae-hoon Ha (1B)6Nobuumasa Fukuda (3B)
7Naomichi Nishiura (3B)7Naomichi Donoue (SS)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Iyori Katsura (C)
9Shohei Tateyama (P)9Raúl Valdés (P)

 After Obiki lead off the game with a single and Valdes walked Sakaguchi and hit Yamada the Swallows found themselves with loaded the bases with one out. Yuhei hit a ball deep enough into left to get the sac fly. 1-0 Swallows Jae-hoon drew a walk to reload the bases but Nishiura wasn’t able to punish Valdes.

Balentien lead off the third inning with a homer to straightaway center to add another run. 2-0 Swallows

Tateyama ran into some trouble in the fourth. Hirata lead off the inning with a single. Viciedo struck out and Nanita grounded out but advanced Hirata to second. Fukuda singled to right and brought home Hirata. 2-1 Swallows Donoue followed with another single and Tateyama walked Katsura to load the bases. Valdes wasn’t able to help his own cause and Tateyama got out without further damage.

The Swallows broke the game open in the fifth. Sakaguchi lead off the inning with a single. Yamada and Jae-hoon walked and once again Nishiura came up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded. Nishiura took a 1-0 pitch and skyed it high and long enough to find itself into the left field stands. 6-1 Swallows

Tateyama ran into some trouble in the bottom of the inning. After giving up a one out double to Hernandez, Tateyama walked HIrata and Viciedo back-to-back. Nanita flied out to center which was good enough for a run. 6-2 Swallows Tateyama got Fukuda to ground out to end the Dragons’ threat.

The Swallows bullpen relay began in earnest in the sixth. Muranaka pitched a scoreless one hit sixth inning. Hirai gave up a run on two hits in the seventh. 6-3 Swallows Lueke pitched a perfect eighth and Akiyoshi was brought in to close out the game. Akiyoshi did his job getting the top of the Dragons’ order 1-2-3. 6-3 Swallows FINAL

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About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.