Aug 17th 2013, @ Hanshin

August 17th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 0

Hanshin Tigers 1

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL

(Kyocera Dome)

This game was boring.

W: Tsuru (3-0; 3.45 ERA)
L: Ogawa (12-3; 2.56)
S: Fukuhara (4-0 9S; 1.04)

Of course, it goes without saying that my subjective analysis of this game is based purely on the fact that we lost.

Hiyane (LF)1Nishioka (2B)
Ueda (CF)2Yamato (CF)
Kawabata (3B)3Toritani (SS)
Balentien (RF)4Murton (LF)
Hatakeyama (1B)5T. Arai (1B)
Morioka (SS)6Fukudome (RF)
Yamada (2B)7Saka (3B)
Nakamura (C)8Fujii (C)
Ogawa (P)9Tsuru (P)

Hanshin scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Murton’s double to right was enough to bring Nishioka home, and that was basically the contest right there.

0-1 Final.

Ogawa suffered his first defeat since June 8th at home against Hokkaido.

He threw 99 pitches over seven innings of work. The one earned run he allowed came from just four surrendered hits. He backed that up with nine Ks against a pair of walks. His ERA shrank to 2.56 in the process. All in all, another very good outing from your freshman phenom.

Tsuru took the win for the Tigers. He also gave up just four hits although he relied on his defense a lot more with just one strikeout over seven innings.

On a positive note, however, Ogawa became the first rookie pitcher in nine years to throw 100 Ks for the birds. Can you remember who the last Swallows rookie to do that was?

Yamamoto (3.05) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the birds.

Game three of the series is scheduled for tomorrow at 6PM at the same venue.

Ogawa even helped his own cause with a double in the third, but the rest of his teammates weren't doing much to back him up today.

Ogawa even helped his own cause with a double in the third, but the rest of his teammates weren’t doing much to back him up today.

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