Sep 8th 2013, @ Chunichi

September 8th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 5Chunichi Logo

Chunichi Dragons 1

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LDWLW

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Ogawa (13-4); L: Yamai (5-6)

Tokyo won, so that’s a rare treat. Even more exciting at this late point in a lost season was Wladimir Balentien’s 53rd home run, putting him just three shy of a new single-season record. 2013’s other bright point – Ogawa the Hurler – shone tonight, too, with a four-hit, two-walk, one-run complete game win (on a mere three Ks).

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Yamada (2B)1Oshima (CF)
2Ueda (CF)2Yoshikawa (2B)
3Kawabata (3B)3Morino (1B)
4Balentien (LF)4Wda (LF)
5Yuichi (1B)5Hirata (RF)
6Iihara (RF)6Takahashi (3B)
7Morioka (SS)7Donoue (SS)
8Nakamura (C)8Tanishige (C)
9Ogawa (P)9Yamai (P)
Complete Game for OgawaRPOkada, Tajima, Muto, Inoue

The Swallows scored first, in the fourth, when Kawabata doubled and was driven in by Balentien. (Have we mentioned that Coco is not only leading in round-trippers, but is also a close second in batting average and RBIs?) 1-0 Tokyo.

Coco’s 53rd homer was a solo shot in the sixth. 2-0 Tokyo.

The Dragons struck back in the bottom of the sixth, when Oshima singled, stole second, and scored on a Morino double. 2-1 Tokyo.

In the seventh, Yamada singled, then moved to second on an Ueda sac-bunt. Kawabata and Yuichi walked to load the bases, then Iihara drove in three runs with a triple. 5-1 Tokyo, Final.

Tokyo hosts the Carp on Tuesday.