Aug 10th 2016, @ Chunichi

August 10th, 2016

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Chunichi Dragons 2

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LWWLW

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Ogawa (5-5 ; 4.82 ERA)
6.1 IP | 111 NP | 7 H | 4 K | 1 BB | 2 ER
L: Ohno (5-7 ; 3.47)
S: Akiyoshi (10 S ; 2.28)

Ogawa registered his first win since June 24th as the Kawabata-Yamada-Hatakeyama-Yuhei-less Swallows put up just enough runs on the board to eke out a win in Nagoya.

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Ohshima (CF)
2Hiyane (RF)2Endoh (2B)
3Nishiura (3B)3Nanita (LF)
4Balentien (LF)4Viciedo (1B)
5Imanami (1B)5Hirata (RF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Fukuda (3B)
7Nishida (C)7Donoue (SS)
8Yachi (2B)8Sugiyama (C)
9Ogawa (SP)
6.1 IP | 2 ER
9Ohno (SP)
0.2 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER

A run off two hits in the 1st put Ogawa and the Swallows in an early shallow hole (1-0 Chunichi), and it took Tokyo until the 5th inning to dig themselves out of it after the starters had taken over the first half of this one.

In that 5th inning, five hits came the Swallows way: A single for Nishida, and double for Yachi put two men in scoring positions, after which Ogawa struck out for out number one. Singles poked through the infield to left and right for Sakaguchi and Hiyane respectively added a run apiece to give the Swallows the lead, 2-1 Tokyo. A Nishiura infield single and Balentien sacfly then added another for 3-1.

The ever irritating Ohshima then got on base with two outs in the bottom of the inning, and was then brought home by an Endoh single to narrow the Swallows lead to just the one, 3-2.

But that one run would ultimately be all they needed, as Iwahashi, Lueke, and Akiyoshi all put up zeroes in relief of Ogawa to bring home the win for a nice little 3-2 Tokyo Final.

Tomorrow will see the birds attempt to win their third series on the bounce following their season-worst 7 game losing skid, with Sugiura facing-off against Itoh.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto