August 12th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Davies took the mound for your Birds tonight hoping to hold down a win, the first since June 25th. Including tonight, Davies has faced Gomiuri in three of his last four starts.
|W: Leuke (6-4; 2.68 ERA)
L: Takagi (4-8; 4.92 ERA)
S: Akiyoshi (3-4 11S; 2.24 ERA)
|1||Chono (RF)||1||Sakaguchi (C)|
|2||Hashimoto (CF)||2||Hiyane (RF)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Nishiura (SS)|
|4||Abe (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Murata (3B)||5||Imanami (SS)|
|6||Garret (LF)||6||Yachi (2B)|
|7||Cruz (2B)||7||Ugumori (1B)|
|8||Kobayashi (C)||8||Nishida (C)|
|SP||Egarashi (RHP)||SP||Davies (RHP)|
|RP||Tahara (R), Takagi (R)||RP||Iwahashi (L), Lueke (R), Akiyoshi (R)|
Davies loaded the bases in the top of the second before squeezing out of it by getting the pitcher to ground out. His offense immediately put the scare behind them with two runs in the bottom of that inning.
Balentien notched a rare infield single and then Imanami drew a four pitch walk to make things interesting. Yachi struck out, but Ugumori lined the first pitch he saw to left which was enough to push Balentien home from second.
Nishida then hit a 1-1 forkball into center which scored Imanami from second.
But the scum answered in the top of the third. Abe and Murata came up with back-to-back base hits with runners in scoring position, and the game was once again level.
Two innings later, Sakamoto took Davies yard on a solo shot to left.
Tokyo leveled again in the bottom of the fifth. Hiyane singled to start and stole second during Balentien’s at bat. He scored one pitch later on Coco’s liner to center field.
The Swallows would then load the bases with one out, but Ugumori grounded into an inning-killing double play.
Cruz restored the lead for the visitors two pitches into his third encounter with Davies. Looking at a second curveball, he knocked it into the bleachers in left.
Tokyo threatened by loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but once again all three stayed put when Balentien’s bat broke and the ball landed in the shortstop’s glove.
But the good guys were able to level the score in the bottom of the seventh. Yachi collected his first hit of the game, a single, and Nishida doubled him home from second.
The game was won in the bottom of the eighth. Sakaguchi and Hiyane recorded two straight outs which brought Nishiura to the plate, hitless up to that point. He took the first pitch and then fouled off the next two. Nishiura then ripped the 2-1 pitch, a cutter, over the wall in left center to give the team a one run advantage.
Akiyoshi came in to seal the deal. He allowed one hit but got out of the inning successfully on 11 pitches.
Davies didn’t factor in the final decision but threw 100 pitches over six innings and allowed four earned runs from seven hits (two solo homers). He struck out three, walked two, and beaned one.
Iwahashi, Lueke, and Akiyoshi pitched one inning each of scoreless relief.
Game two of this series is scheduled for a 6 PM start at Jingu tomorrow night. Yamanaka is slated to pitch for Tokyo while Yomiuri will counter with Ohtake.
- Balentien had a great day at the dish. He was 3-4 with four bases, one RBI, and one BB.
- Nishida was even more clutch. He was also 3-4 but with two RBI (no walks).
- Nishiura’s jack in the eighth was his fourth this season.
- The team continues to fight on despite a spate of injuries that has decimated the lineup. The team currently sits in fifth place, 11 games below .500. They trail the fourth place Hanshin Tigers by one game.