September 17th, 2016
Yomiuri Giants 2
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW
(Tokyo Stain Dome)
|W: Muranaka (7-3 ; 4.08 ERA)
L: Ohtake (6-5 ; 3.45 ERA)
S: Akiyoshi (18S ; 2.27 ERA)
The Swallows came from behind to win their final game against Yomiuri this season, signing-out with their first win at the across-town “ballpark” in 2016.
|1||Sakaguchi (CF)||1||C***o (CF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Kamei (RF)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Abe (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Murata (3B)|
|6||Ugumori (1B)||6||Garrett (LF)|
|7||Nishiura (SS)||7||Tsuji (2B)|
|8||Nishida (C)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
3.1 IP | 74 NP | 4 H | 3 K | 4 BB | 2 ER
0.2 IP | 1 HBP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1.1 IP | 0 ER
1.2 IP | 0 ER
Sugiura has been generally terrible against Yomiuri this season and that pattern continued, with his third and forth walks of the game sandwiching a steal, run-scoring single, and double in the 4th, 1-0 Yomiuri. Matsuoka was then summoned from the bullpen with one out and the based loaded, and he took four pitches to hit Kobayashi with an inside breaking ball to walk in the second run, 2-0. Matsuoka then buckled-down to get the outs of Ohtake (shallow foul-fly) and C***o (grounder to second) to exit the inning without further damage being inflicted.
Tokyo then halved the deficit in the top of the 5th. Singles from a pinch-hitting Miwa and Kawabata put men on the corners for Yamada with one out. Tetsuto hit a grounder to short and beat the double-play ball to first, with Miwa scoring for 2-1.
Things continued to improve in the top of the 6th, where after ten games of misery in the dome, momentum finally swung in the Swallows’ direction, for good this time. After Yuhei singled to lead off the inning, Nishida came to the plate with Yuhei still at first with two outs now on the board. He hit a fly ball to shallow left, Garrett made an ill advised lunging jump for the ball, which bounced past the flailing buffoon, allowing Yuhei to score all the way from first to tie the game at 2-2.
Yasushi Ihara then come in to hit for the pitcher, and singled to centre which scored the go-ahead run to make it 3-2 Tokyo. That was all she wrote for Ohtake, who returned to the bench to contemplate the fun and true sense of achievement he could have been enveloped in had he remained a Carp, and Yamaguchi appeared in his place. The change of pitcher mattered not though, as a Sakaguchi single, and walk for Kawabata loaded the bases for Yamada. Yamaguchi morphed into Tahara, and Yamada promptly singled to left to score two more Tokyo runs to make it 5-2.
Pitching-wise post-Matsuoka dead ball, the Swallows’ relief corps were mostly stellar, putting up zeroes the rest of the way. Lueke did get himself into a bases-loaded two out jam in the 7th, but he (partially) banished the memories of other 7th inning grand slams by escaping the jam unscathed. Akiyoshi did what Akiyoshi mostly does, pitching 1.2 innings of perfect ball for a “this has been far too long in coming” 5-2 Tokyo Final.
- Sugiura’s ERA is 6.17 in his four appearances against Yomiuri this season.
- Conversely Muranaka, who got the win tonight for his inning of relief in the 5th, boasts an ERA of 1.17 in his seven appearances against the Soulless Ghouls.
- Yamada’s three RBIs this evening were enough to get him to a hundred for the second straight season.
- Tokyo end their season series with Yomiuri with a W11-L14 record. Considering their 1-1o record at the Stain Dome, they pretty much dominated their cross town rivals outside of the cursed venue.
- With Yokohama also winning today at Hanshin, the BayStars’ magic number to clinch a Climax Series berth is now at 3. Both teams have 6 games to play, two of which are against each other.
- Sunday evening with see the Swallows host Chunichi in their last match-up of the season, with the season series at 16-8 in the Swallows’ favour. Yamanaka will get the start for the birds.