6/9/08: Chiba Lotte (Home)

June 9th, 2008

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Streak: Lost 3

(Home game: Jingu Stadium)

Chiba starter, Ono, got the win on only five innings of work and 68 pitches. Kamada took the loss, his second in 14 relief appearances, for the home team.

Nishioka hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first off Tokyo starter Muranaka, but the Swallows rallied in the bottom of the second to put two runs on the board and take the lead (Kawamoto two-run double to left).

Tokyo’s last run came on a solo home run care of right fielder Fukuchi in the 5th. Chiba scored one run in both the sixth and seventh inning to pull ahead for good.

Fukuchi, Aoki and Kawamoto had two hits each, and Kawamoto maintained his form in notching two rbi’s on a very, very wet evening at Jingu stadium.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini