Apr 26th 2014, vs Chunichi

April 26th, 2014

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 4

Tokyo Swallows 8

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows finally pulled out a win, mercifully ending a nine-game losing skid.

W: Kiya (2-1; 4.82 ERA)
L: Ono (0-3; 4.35)

This game was pretty much over after the first inning.

Oshima (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Araki (2B)2Ueda (CF)
Luna (3B)3Kawabata (3B)
Hirata (RF)4Balentien (LF)
Morino (1B)5Iihara (RF)
Wada (LF)6Hatakeyama (1B)
Donoue (SS)7Araki (SS)
Tanishige (C)8Nakamura (C)
Ono (P)9Kiya (P)

Winless Chunichi starter, Ono, was shaky from the start, and the birds milked it for all it was worth.

Yamada stood still and received a free pass to first on four pitches. Ueda followed that with a hard-fought, eight pitch walk of his own, and then Kawabata bounced one up the middle to score Yamada from second. Balentien walked to load the bases, and Iihara pulled the 1-2 pitch into left field which scored two. With runners on first and second, Hatakeyama singled to center which brought Balentien around from second and sent Iihara all the way to third. Iihara would sneak home three pitches later on Araki’s ground out to third.

5-0 Tokyo

And that was the end of Ono’s night.

Tokyo scored again in the third on a two-out solo home run by Hatakeyama.

6-0 Tokyo

But Chunichi got itself on the board in the top of the fifth care of a Wada two-run shot to left center.

6-2 Tokyo

But your Swallows added an insurance run in both the fifth and sixth innings to help secure the game for Kiya. Kawabata displayed more of his new-found power with a full-count bomb to center with no outs.

7-2 Tokyo

And even though Kiya’s one-out Tak-bunt failed to move the runner over to second, Yamada’s run and hit sent Imanami to third. Ueda then punched the first pitch he saw, a fat curveball, into right to bring home Tokyo’s final run.

8-2 Tokyo

Luna once again provided the offensive spark as the Dragons kept things interesting late in the game. He singled and scored a run in the top of the seventh (Wada RBI single), and he drove in the last run of the game in the top of the eighth with a two-out single to center.

8-4 Final

Kiya earned his second win of the season after another quality start. He allowed three earned runs through seven innings on 97 pitches and three hits (one home run). He struck out three and walked two (one wild pitch).

Kyuko lasted only two outs in the eighth, and he was tagged with that Luna RBI single. Through 10 appearances so far this season, Kyuko’s ERA sits at 9.00.

Roman got the last out of the eighth by striking Hirata out on four pitches–he whiffed on a slider in the dirt. After seven appearances, Roman’s ERA remains at 0.00.

Yamamoto pitched a perfect top of the ninth and has a 2.31 ERA through 13 appearances.

The series tie-breaker is tomorrow at 6PM. Narveson will take the mound for the birds while Chunichi will counter with Cabrera.

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

  • rog

    swallows (and fans) needed a fun game, and when yasushi and a starting pitcher are the heroes, you KNOW it was fun. let’s keep this going! hatake’s consistency at the plate is mind boggling…and i love it. hope to see him being hero interviewed soon 🙂