8/26/11 Hanshin (Away)

August 26th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 4

Hanshin Tigers 9

Streak: Lost 2    Last 5: WWDLL



As Tokyo drowns in torrential downpour, the Tigers return to Koshien and show their fans a good time at the expense of Tokyo.

"I just want to let you know, those high-schoolers pissed all over your bench. I hope it doesn't smell too bad" Mayumi was overheard saying before the game.


 Aoki  CF
 Tanaka  2B
 Kawabata  SS
 Hatakeyama  1B
 Balentein  RF
 Miyamoto  3B
 Guiel  LF
 Aikawa  C
 Muranaka  P


 Hirano  CF
 Yamato  2B
 Toritani  SS
 Arai  3B
 Murton  RF
 Sekimoto  1B
 Kano  LF
 Fujii  C
 Kubo  P


Things started off well for the Birds this evening. In the top of the second inning, Balentein slapped a single to left. Miyamoto followed him with a strikeout. Up next was Guiel. Back with the big team, Guiel is still getting back into the swing of things (pun intended). Tonight, however, he wasted no time in contributing to the team. On the first pitch he saw from Kubo, Guiel smashed the ball into the right-field bleachers.  2 – 0 Tokyo

Aikawa struck out and Muranaka grounded out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the third, things fell apart for the Swallows. Kubo reached first after he struck out but the pitch got away from Aikawa. (Mistake #1) Hirano tried to bunt but Aikawa made a great diving catch to get him out. Yamato was up next and hit a single to left. Toritani was up next. He went down swinging. Now with two outs, up walked Arai. As he is batting 4th, the bumblebee faithful were hoping for something out of their man. He delivered. He hit a soft liner to left but Guiel was playing him deep, so the ball dropped in front of Guiel and Kubo easily scored from second. Yamato made it to third as Guiel’s throw to third was off target.   (Mistake #2)  2 – 1 Tokyo

Murton was up next. He hit a single up the middle scoring Yamato. 2 – 2

Sekimoto was up next and walked on 5 pitches. With the bases loaded, Sekimoto was followed by Kano. He battled to a full count. On the 6th pitch he hit yet another single to the outfield. With two outs, everybody was moving with the pitch. This meant Arai and Murton easily scored. 4 – 2 Hanshin

Fuji eventually would end the inning with a fly-out to center.

The 4th inning was a bore.

Are you satisfied now? Because I can keep busting you up all night if you like.

In the bottom of the 5th, Hanshin continued to add to their lead. Toritani started off the inning with a single to left. Then Mistake #3 happened.  Kawabata fielded Arai’s grounder but threw it away and the ball slowly bounced to the wall. Toritani would score on the play and Arai ended up at third base. 5 – 2 Hanshin

Murton doubled to right-center and Arai would easily score from third. 6 – 2 Hanshin

Sekimoto flew out to Coco and Murton moved to third. One out. Kano grounded out to Miyamoto keeping Murton at third. Fuji walked to put runners at the corners and two outs. Kubo ended the inning with a ground out to second.

Hashimoto was on the mound for the bottom of the 7th. Murton welcomed him to the game with another hit to right. Sekimoto followed that with a single to left. Shibata was in as a pitch-hitter. Guess what he does? Another single to the outfield. That meant the bases are loaded and nobody out. Fuji would help out both sides by grounding into a double-play. Murton would score on the play and Sekimoto moved to third. 7 – 2 Hanshin

Morita joins in the hit party for the bumbleebees by hitting a double, scoring Sekimoto. 8 – 2 Hanshin

Hirano grounds out to Miyamoto to end the inning.

In the top of the 8th, the Birds manage to cut the deficit in half. After Tanaka lines out to first, Kawabata reaches on error by Arai. Boo follows him with a walk. Up strolled Coco. He hits a rope to center. Kawabata is able to score, while Boo gets to third and Coco slides into second for a double. 8 – 3 Hanshin

Miyamoto flies out to center but it is deep enough to score Boo. 8 – 4 Hanshin

Guiel flies out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eight, Yamato hits a blooper to right. With Toritani up, Yamato safely steals second. Toritani ends up striking out. He is followed by a ground out by Arai; Yamato advances to third on the play. With two out, Murton gets his fourth and final hit of the game, which also scores Yamato. 9 – 4 Hanshin (final)

"Four hits!! Seriously? What do I need to get noticed around here? Are you not entertained?

Sekimoto grounds out to short to end the inning.


  • 15 hits for the bumblebees to 6 for the Birds
  • Murton was my player of the game
  • Kubo and Kano were the official players of the game
  • 46, 858 witnessed this
  • With the Giants losing, Hanshin moves into second place in the CL, 4.5 games behind the Birds.

Scoring Summary

  2nd  Guiel hits a 2-run HR, Balentein scores 2 0
   3rd  Arai singles to left, Kubo scores; Yamato to third 2 1
  3rd  Murton singled up the middle, Yamato scores, Arai to second 2 2
   3rd  Kano singles to left, Arai and Murton score; Sekimoto to third  2  4
    5th  Toritani scores on an error  2  5
    5th  Murton doubles, Arai scores 2 6
    7th  Murton scores, Sekimoto to third on a double-play 2 7
    7th  Morita doubles, Sekimoto scores   2   8
    8th  Balentein doubles, Kawabata scores   3   8
    8th  Miyamoto sac flies to center, Hatakeyama scores   4 8
    8th  Murton singles, Yamato scores   2   9

About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.