Aug 18th 2013, @ Hanshin

August 18th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 2

Hanshin Tigers 6

Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL

(Kyocera Dome)

Attempting to avoid the sweep, your birds sent Nakazawa to the mound. It was just his third appearance of the 2013 campaign, and over his eight innings of work he’d posted a 7.88 ERA with a record of 0-1.

W: Nakazawa (0-2; 7.94 ERA)
L: Fujinami (9-4; 2.59)

But after the impressive effort that we saw from Kiya on Friday, it seemed like less of a bad idea to roll the dice again.

Ueda (CF)1Nishioka (2B)
Miwa (LF)2Yamato (CF)
Morioka (SS)3Toritani (SS)
Balentien (RF)4Murton (LF)
Kawabata (3B)5Arai (1B)
Takeuchi (1B)6Fukudome (RF)
Yamada (2B)7Sekimoto (3B)
Aikawa (C)8Fujii (C)
Nakazawa (P)9Fujinami (P)

He fought valiantly, but ultimately lasted only three and a third innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) from seven hits (one HR). He also mixed in two Ks and three walks in taking the loss.

A Kawabata single in the top of the first actually put the Swallows ahead to start the game, but it wasn’t going to be enough as Hanshin put up three runs in the bottom of the second.

1-3 Hanshin.

An Iwamura single in the top of the sixth brought Hiyane (pinch-running for Balentien) home, but that was basically the end of the Swallows offense right there.

The Tigers had already added a run in the fourth and had two more coming in the seventh to put the completely out of reach for the visitors.

2-6 Final.

Monday is an off day as usual, and then the Swallows host a “home” game in Nagano against Yomiuri. Wednesday and Thursday’s games will take place at Jingu. All three games are slated for 6PM starts.

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

  • Kozo

    With the loss the Swallows’ season record versus the Tigers fell to 4-13. Thus ensuring the team will end the season with a losing record against the Tigers.