10/19/08 – Central League Climax Series – 1st Stage – Chunichi vs. Hanshin (Game 2)

October 19th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows capChunichi Dragons 3

Hanshin Tigers 7

(Kyocera Dome)

Hanshin punched back tonight with a four-run first and a three-run sixth. The series is now level at 1-1 with the decisive game three slated for tomorrow night at Kyocera Dome.

Things just didn’t really go Chunichi’s way tonight. They managed to hit into three double plays and Chen (9.00) got roughed up early on.

For the home team, Toritani went 2-4 with two home runs and four rbi’s. Otherwise, Sekimoto, Kanemoto and Yano all reached base twice.

Lebowski Shimoyanagi (3.38) made it 5.1 innings while giving up two earned runs off of five hits, two K’s and three walks. JKF also featured in this one (I know that the order of those letters is not as it’s commonly advertised, but it’s not my fault that Fujikawa always pitches after Kubota).

Morino and Woods both had solo home runs for Chunichi. It was Morino’s second homer of the series. Wada also chipped in by reaching base three times (two walks and a single).

The right to play the Yomiuri Giants hangs in the balance, so enjoy watching tomorrow night’s game (if you have cable).

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