Aug 16th 2013, @ Hanshin

August 16th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 1

Hanshin Tigers 2

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LWWLL

(Kyocera Dome)

Tonight was a low scoring affair with both starting pitchers going at least 7 innings but neither factored into the final decision.

W: Fukuhara (4-0); L: Barnette (1-7)

The Birds battled hard throughout but were eventually undone by a late error.

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

Tonight was all about pitching. As I mentioned above, both starters pitched at least 7 innings with Nomi lasting until the 8th. Kiya was much more efficient with his pitches, though. In his 7 innings of work, he threw only 87 pitches. While Nomi threw 116 in 7 2/3. Still both teams had chances with, Hanshin eventually getting the “home” win.

Tokyo jumped out to an early 1-run lead in the 2nd when Balentien blasted his 42nd HR of the season. 1 – 0 Tokyo

1-0 Tokyo!!

1-0 Tokyo!!

The score would remain that way until Arai answered with his own solo shot in the bottom of the 5th. 1 – 1 

From that point, until the top of the 8th, neither side really threatened the other. In the top of the eigth, Tokyo would load the bases after a hit and 2 walks. This led to Nomi getting the hook. As there were now 2 outs, Hanshin was hoping for an easy out while the Tokyo faithful were hoping for some more magic from Coco. With the Swallows supporters jumping and shouting his name, Coco walked to the plate. Unfortunately for the boys in blue, Coco went down on strikes and Hanshin fans could breath a long sigh of relief.

In the bottom of the ninth, Nishioka (in his first game back since July 27th) started the winning rally with a single to short. Yamato followed that with a single to left. With nobody out, Toritani then laid down a bunt to try and advance the runners. Barnette rushed to field the bunt and threw the ball into the dirt at first. Everyone was safe on the play. Murton would fly out to shallow left-center for the first out, with Nishioka staying put at 3rd. Arai then hit a sac-fly to deep center to knock in the winning run and colorful condoms were launched into the rotten Kyocera air. Final 2 – 1 Hanshin

Game notes:

  • 32,712 largely tanned individuals in tiger garb made it out for this one.
  • this affair went 3 hours and 9 minutes.
  • Kiya’s line: 7 IP, 87 pitches, 3 H, 1 HR, 4 SO, 0 BB and 1 ER
  • Arai was responsible for both of Hanshin’s 2 runs (solo HR and sac-fly RBI)
  • Tomorrow will be game 2 of this 3 game set at Kyocera Dome. First pitch is at 6 pm and will see Golden child (aka Ogawa) vs Tsuru.
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.