Sept 16th 2016, @ Yomiuri

September 16th, 2016

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Yomiuri Giants 6

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL

(The Dome Where Dreams Go To Die)

The Swallows failed in their tenth attempt to win at the Tokyo Dome.

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W: Soulless Ghoul paid 300 mil yen (9-6)
L: Davies (4-5)

 Swallows Giants
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Soulless Ghoul paid 175 mil yen (CF)
2Shingo Kawabata (3B)2 Soulless Ghoul paid 70 mil yen (RF)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Soulless Ghoul paid 250 mil yen (SS)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Soulless Ghoul paid 326 mil yen (1B)
5Atsushi Ugumori (1B)5Soulless Ghoul paid 300 mil yen (3B)
6 Yuhei (Takai) (RF)6Soulless Ghoul paid 300 mil yen (LF)
7Naomichi Nishiura (SS)7Soulless Ghoul paid 7.7 mil yen (2B)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Soulless Ghoul paid 26 mil yen (C)
9Kyle Davies (P)9Soulless Ghoul paid 400 mil yen (P)

The Swallows struck first with back-to-back singles by Sakaguchi and Kawabata putting two men on with no outs for Yamada. Utsumi made the situation even juicier by uncorking a wild pitch to advance the runners. However, Yamada has been hit-less since being plunked in the first inning by the Tigers’ Iwasada in the beginning of Sunday’s game and all he could manage was a weak ground out to second to score a run. 1-0 Swallows Coco followed with a run-scoring ground out of his own to add another run. 2-0 Swallows Utsumi continued to wobble a bit by walking Ugumori and giving up a single to Yuhei but no further scoring occurred.

Kyle Davies wasn’t able to learn from his previous bad outing against the Giants and he quickly gave the Giants runs in the first. C****o singled to lead off the inning and Ugumori let a Kamei grounder to get past him to put men on the corners for Sakamoto. Unfortunately, Sakamoto has actually been good this year and he singled home a run. 2-1 Swallows The real dagger came after Murata homered to left to put the Giabbits up by two. 4-2 Giants

Kobayashi got a solo shot off of Davies in the second to extend the lead. 5-2 Giants Davies pitched an ugly but scoreless third inning, with two walks and a hit, before pitching a perfect fourth to end his night.

Meanwhile the Swallows’ offense was sprinkling singles into Utsumi’s line but no runs scored.

Matsuoka came in to pitch the fifth and the bad Matsuoka came out to play. A single by Sakamoto combined with an Abe walk set the stage for Murata to add another RBI to his tally with a single. 6-2 Giants Matsuoka walked Garrett for good measure before getting two straight strikeouts and a pop up from Utsumi.

Hirai, Muranaka, and Ishiyama all pitched an inning of scoreless ball with Muranaka getting 3 Ks in a perfect eighth inning.

Utsumi relinquished the mound to our least favorite Canadian in NPB, Scott Matheson. Matheson started things off with a walk to Yuhei before getting Nishiura out with a fielders choice. Ueda got a single to center to put men on first and second. Nishida followed with a single to left but Nishiura was tagged out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Sakaguchi’s grounder to first should’ve ended the game but Abe bobbled the ball and loaded the bases for Kawabata. The recently returned third baseman delivered two runs with a single to left to set the stage for Yamada. 6-4 Giants Unfortunately, Yamada continued his rally killing streak by watching a called third strike go by to end the game. 6-4 Giants FINAL

Notes

  • Those doing the math on the starting lineups will see that the Giants’ starting lineup will earn over 1.5 billion yen this season. The Swallows starting lineup comes with a 994 million yen price tag for 2016.
  • The Swallows will get one last crack at winning at Tokyo Dome tomorrow. Sugiura is scheduled to start against Otake.
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.