July 12th 2016, vs. Hanshin

July 12th 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL

(Nagano Olympic Stadium)

The fierce battle for sixth place in the Central League found itself in Nagano on Tuesday night. The submariner Yamanaka had a great start but the bullpen imploded again for the umpteenth time this season.

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W: Messenger L: Hirai

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Nishiura (SS)1Nishioka (2B)
2Sakaguchi (CF)2Toritani (SS)
3Kawabata (3B)3Egoshi (CF)
4Yamada (2B)4Fukudome (RF)
5Yuhei (RF)5Gomez (1B)
6Balentien (LF)6Takayama (LF)
7Imanami (1B)7Houjyo (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Okazaki (C)
9Yamanaka (P)9Messenger (P)

The Scoring

Second inning: Imanami continued his hot hitting with a clutch two-out RBI to drive in Yamada. 1-0 Swallows

Eighth inning: after Yamanaka threw seven shutout innings, the bullpen came in to seal the deal. The bullpen did not seal the deal as Hanshin got to Hirai and Muranaka; Haraguchi, Gomez, and Takayama with RBIs. 3-1 Hanshin final

It looked like the Swallows were mounting a rally in the bottom of the eighth but a horrible base running blunder by Sakaguchi sealed their fate.

Notes

  • Starters for Wednesday’s game back at Jingu: Tateyama for the Swallows, Iwasaki for Hanshin.
  • It’s going to be half price beer night but since there aren’t enough people selling beer, you’re likely to consume less beer than normal.