9/27/12 – Hanshin (Home)

September 27th, 2012

Hanshin Tigers 12

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: WLWWL

(Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows suffered their worst defeat of the season tonight, losing 12-0 to the Tigers. Like our recent wins, this loss was a team effort with lapses coming from all phases of the game. In an effort to minimize the trauma of reliving the experience, I’ll summarize the key takeaways below in bullet-form.

W: Iwamoto (2-0); L: Muranaka (9-7)

 Tigers Swallows
1Hiroki Uemoto (2B)1Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
2Yamato (Maeda) (CF)2Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
3Takashi Toritani (SS)3HIroyasu Tanaka (2B)
4Ryota Arai (3B)4Wladimir Balentien (RF)
5Matt Murton (LF)5Shingo Kawabata (3B)
6Masashi Nohara (1B)6Kazuki Fukuchi (LF)
7Shota Ito (RF)7Shinichi Takeuchi (1B)
8Shinji Komiyama (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Akira Iwamoto (P)9Kyohei Muranaka (P)

  • The Carp came from behind to sayonara the Giants to win 2-1, thus keeping the magic number between the two teams stuck at 2. The Carp don’t play tomorrow so the soonest the Swallows can clinch third place, and a place in the Climax Series, is Saturday.
  • While neither player started, both Hatakeyama and Aikawa rejoined the team and entered the game. Although the two players went a combined 0-for-3 in their at bats.
  • Every Swallows’ pitcher gave up at least 1 earned run. Masubuchi probably had the best night, giving up just 1 earned run in 3 innings pitched.
  • Muranaka got tagged with 7 runs (4 earned) in 4.1 innings pitched, in which he gave up 4 hits and 4 walks.
  • The Tigers’ deathblow came in the fifth when rookie Ito got a grandslam to stretch the lead to 9-0.
  • All 7 hits by the Swallows were singles.
  • Fukuchi was the only Swallows to have a decent night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a stolen base.
  • Tonight was the Swallows’ 18th shutout loss of the season.
  • The Swallows will try again tomorrow against the Tigers at Jingu with Ishikawa. The Tigers will start Iwata.

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About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Kevin Fisher

    It was nice seeing you all there during this awful showing…..
    At least the seasons’ end is near, and playoffs seem imminent.
    Kozo and I discussed it, but anyone else have any thoughts of an imminent Nagoya trip?

  • Claudio-Italy

    Oh mamma mia !! It’s a Waterloo !! React immediatly guys !!! Go, go Swallows !!!!