May 21st 2014, @ Chiba

May 21st, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 6

Chiba Marines 9

Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: WWWLL

(QVC Marine Stadium)

The score was the same as last night but tonight’s game lacked the drama of the previous night. Unfortunately, Bad Ishikawa reappeared and had arguably his worst start of the season.

W: Furuya (4-2)
L: Ishikawa (2-4)
 Swallows Marines
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Takashi Ogino (LF)
2Takahiro Araki (SS)2Daichi Suzuki (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Tadahito Iguchi (1B)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Luis Cruz (SS)
5Yuhei (Takai) (CF)5Katsuya Kakunaka (RF)
6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)6Toshiaki Imae (3B)
7Yasushi Iihara (RF)7Shohei Kato (CF)
8YUhei Nakamura (C)8Naoya Emura (C)
9Masahiro Ishikawa (P)9Takuya Furuya (P)

The Swallows drew first blood in the first when Yuhei hit a single in a 2-out bases loaded situation. 2-0 Swallows

Unfortunately gave the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. After giving up back-to-back one out walks Cruz hit a single to left for a run. 2-1 Swallows After an Kakunaka groundout advanced a runner, Imae doubled home a run to tie the game. 2-2 All One pitch later, last night’s hero Kato hit a homer into the left field stands to take the lead. 5-3 Marines

The Swallows managed to claw back two runs on a set of hits by Yamada (single), Araki (double), and Kawabata (single) but they weren’t able to catch the Marines. 5-4 Marines

The Marines had their own run of hits, four consecutive two out hits to be exact, to score three runs. 8-4 Marines

The massive scoring had slowed the game considerably but after the second inning the pace quickened. Ishikawa came out of the game after four innings, his shortest start of the season and gave way to Ishiyama. Ishiyama gave up a hit to Kato who was cashed in by a Brazell double two batters later.9-4 Marines

The Swallows got runs in the seventh (Yuhei single followed by Hatake double) and ninth (Yuhei solo shot) but the game was never felt close after the second. 9-6 Marines FINAL

Despite the crazy score the game managed to finish in under three hours. The crowd was reported to be a dreary 9847 people.

Interleague clearly hasn’t dampened the offense, but the starting pitching performances we saw last week have not manifested themselves this week. The Swallows will have a day off tomorrow before they head up the Seibu line to face the Lions.

What have you done to good Ishikawa?

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  • Steve Novosel

    I think a lot of people were put off by the bad weather – it was pissing down pretty good until just before first pitch, and the wind was howling early. Typical QVC in May, in other words.

    Please destroy Seibu and we’ll do the same for Kyojin, OK?

  • Featherman

    I see that Milledge is done for the season after shoulder surgery.