July 12th 2016
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.
|W: Messenger L: Hirai|
|1||Nishiura (SS)||1||Nishioka (2B)|
|2||Sakaguchi (CF)||2||Toritani (SS)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Egoshi (CF)|
|4||Yamada (2B)||4||Fukudome (RF)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Gomez (1B)|
|6||Balentien (LF)||6||Takayama (LF)|
|7||Imanami (1B)||7||Houjyo (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Okazaki (C)|
|9||Yamanaka (P)||9||Messenger (P)|
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.
- 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.