May 1st 2014, @ Yomiuri

May 1st, 2014

FYGTokyo Swallows 2

Yomiuri Giants  4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL

(Tokyo Dome)

After last night’s pleasant surprise the Swallows and Giants both looked sluggish, but fortune ultimately favored the deeper pitching staff. (That means we lost.)

W: Sugiuchi (2-2)
L: Carpenter (0-1)
S: Mathieson (4)

 Swallows Giants
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Yasuyuki Kataoka (2B)
2Takahiro Araki (SS)2Hirokazu Ibata (SS)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Hisayoshi Ch*no (RF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Leslie Anderson (LF)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Shuichi Murata (3B)
6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)6Shinnosuke Abe (C)
7Ryoji Aikawa (C)7José Lopez (1B)
8Yoshiyuki Noguchi (CF)8Itaru Hashimoto (CF)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)9Toshiya Sugiuchi (P)

Ishikawa actually looked fairly sharp in the early going, but was undone by some unfortunate fielding in the second inning. Ishikawa allowed two runners, but had two outs and looked like he’d escape with the third out as Hashimoto hit a liner at Yamada. Unfortunately Yamada misjudged the ball and let the ball get by him for a run. 1-0 Giants

Ishikawa walked Kataoka to open the next inning, and the former Lion made him pay by stealing second. Ibata advanced Kataoka with a grounder, and the run came home on a Ch*no double. 2-0 Giants

The Swallows finally got to Sugiuchi in the sixth as Araki and Kawabata got back-to-back singles to open the inning. Unfortunately Balentien struck out looking, bu Yuhei managed to draw a walk to load the bases. Once again Hatake delivered , as he made contact with a low and away for a single to center to tie the game. 2-2 All However, neither Aikawa nor a pinch hitting Hiroyasu could actually take the lead.

Curiously with only 90 pitches on the night Ishikawa did not come out in the bottom of the inning, and the Swallows elected to send Chris Carpenter to the mound. The move did not pay off as Carpenter concede an off-the-wall double to Abe to start the inning. Things looked to be going in the Swallows favor after Carpenter fielded a Lopez comebacker and caught Abe jumping out too far. Unfortunately, back-to-back hits by Hashimoto and Takahashi scored two. 4-2 Giants

Neither team threatened after that point and the game fizzled to an end. The Swallows will take a night off tomorrow before starting a nine day strech against the Tigers, Carp, and BayStars.

Coco has been homerless for 9 games now.

Coco has been homerless for 9 games now.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.