May 29th 2014, vs Hokkaido

May 29th, 2014

Nippon HamHokkaido Fighters 14

Tokyo Swallows 7

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLWDL

The 2014 Swallows are entirely at the mercy of which pitching staff shows up on any given night. Tonight the bad pitching showed up, as it has most of the year, and the Swallows allowed a season-worst 14 runs to the Fighters.

W: Urano (3-0)
L: Kiya (4-3)

 Fighters Swallows
1Haruki Nishikawa (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Kensuke Kondo (3B)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Dai-Kang Yoh (DH)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Sho Nakata (LF)4Wladimir Balentien (DH)
5Juan Miranda (1B)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Keiji Obiki (SS)6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
7Atsushi Kita (3B)7Takahiro Araki (SS)
8Shota Ohno (C)8Ryoji Aikawa (C)
9Kazuya Murata (RF)9Wataru Hiyane (LF)
PHiroshi UranoPRyohei Kiya

The game started well for the Swallows as Yamada lead off the Swalows’ offense with a walk that was quickly cashed in via an Ueda homerun. 2-0 Swallows The Fighters’ Urano allowed a few more runners but no more runs; while Kiya kept the Fighters to one walk through the first two innings. It looked like the Swallows were poised to have a good night.

Unfortunately it all went to hell in the third inning. Kiya loaded the bases via two singles and a walk. The bases cleared on Kondo’s first career grandslam. 4-2 Fighters Another walk and a single put another run on the board for the Fighters. 5-2 Fighters

Kiya’s nightmare continued in the fourth after he gave up a solo shot to Ohno and a single-double combo for another run. 7-2 Fighters Kiya’s night ended and Akagawa’s nightmare began. Akagawa allowed his inherted runner to score on a Yoh double. 8-3 Fighters

Akagawa allowed three more runs in the sixth inng, an inning that could charitably called UGLY. The inning featured three hits, 1 error, 1 walk, and 2 wild pitches (Akagawa’s third of the night). 11-3 Fighters

Sanada took over for Akagawa in the seventh inning and promptly gave up three runs on three hits including a two-run homer to Yoh. 14-3 Fighters

The Swallows began their feeble comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh inning. But the three runs scored in the inning interested no one as the runs came too late. 14-5 Fighters At this point, the highlight of the night came when the fireworks from the Farewell National Stadium concert were visible from the right field side.

The Swallows got two more runs off of the Fighters’ mopup reliever in the bottom of the ninth to bring the final score to 14-7 Fighters.

Let us never speak of this game ever again…

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.

  • So it seems Akagawa is still Akagawa then.

    • Kozo

      I want 2011 Akagawa back! I’m willing to settle for 2012 Akagawa.