9/26/12 – Hanshin (Home)

September 26th, 2012

Hanshin Tigers 4

Tokyo Swallows  10

Streak: Won 2     Last 5: LWLWW

(Jingu Stadium)

W: Akagawa (8-8); L: Standridge (7-12)

The Swallows started off with a bang and outhit the Tigers by a whopping 18-8 on their way to a resounding victory, putting them one game closer to clinching a Climax Series spot.

 Hanshin Tokyo
1Uemoto (2B)1Yuhei (CF)
2Yamato (CF)2Fukuchi (LF)
3Toritani (SS)3Tanaka (2B)
4Arai (3B)4Balentien (RF)
5Murton (LF)5Kawabata (SS)
6Nohara (1B)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Nakatani (RF)7Takeuchi (1B)
8Komiyama (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Standridge (P)9Akagawa (P)
RPShiranita, Tsuru, FujiharaRPOshimoto, Yamamoto, Masubuchi

Yuhei started things off nicely, singling on the first pitch he saw, but was caught at second when Fukuchi also singled. Tanaka then moved Fukuchi to second before Balentien drove him home and put Tanaka on third with a hit and run. Kawabata followed that up with an RBI single, too. Miyamoto then loaded the bases. Bad start for Standridge.

And it wasn’t over yet. Takeuchi struck out, but did so after an epic 12-pitch at-bat. Nakamura then came up big with a three-run double before Akagawa struck out to end the inning and the order. 5-0 Tokyo.

Hanshin didn’t strike back until the sixth, when Uemoto doubled and was driven in by Yamato, who was driven in by Murton. 5-2 Tokyo.

The Birds struck back right away. With two outs, Nakamura scored from first on an Akagawa double (due to an error at second). 6-2 Tokyo.

Komiyama then homered on the first pitch Akagawa threw in the seventh, making it 6-3 Tokyo.

Akagawa gave up a hit to Shunsuke on a ball that game right back to him and was replaced by Oshimoto.

Again wasting no time, Tanaka singled, moved to second on a Balentien hit and run, moved to third when Kawabata singled, and scored when Miyamoto did the same. Takeuchi followed that up by driving Kawabata home. 8-3 Tokyo.

Two more came in the eighth for Tokyo. Iihara came in to hit for Yamamoto and was walked. Yuhei singled and drove him to third. Fukuchi made us glad we got him from Seibu all those years ago and doubled them both in. 10-3 Tokyo.

Kanemoto hit a solo home run off of Masubuchi in the ninth, but it was too little, too late. 10-4 Tokyo, Final.

Another Tiger-beating tomorrow evening.