Jun 15th 2014, @ Hokkaido

June 15th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 3Nippon Ham

Hokkaido Fighters 2

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LWLLW

(Sapporo Dome)

Your birds looked to halt a two-game slide up in Sapporo cavern.

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W: Yamamoto (2-2 2S; 3.38 ERA)
L: Miyanishi (0-2; 2.35)
S: Iwahashi (0-0 1S; 3.60)

A beautiful afternoon for a baseball game, but the cover stayed on. No matter though, the Swallows rallied late to split the away series in Hokkaido.

TokyoOrderHokkaido
Yamada (2B)1Nishikawa (CF)
Ueda (CF)2Kondo (3B)
Kawabata (3B)3Ohbiki (SS)
Iihara (LF)4Nakata (LF)
Yuhei (RF)5Miranda (1B)
Morioka (SS)6Ishikawa (RF)
Iwamura (1B)7Ohno (C)
Nakamura (C)8Nakajima (2B)
Narveson (P)9Mendoza (P)

Hokkaido scored first in a three-hit second inning. Miranda doubled off of Tokyo starter Chris Narveson, and Ishikawa moved him over with a single up the middle. One out later, Nakajima also singled to center, pushing Miranda home for the game’s inaugural run.

0-1 Hokkaido

Iihara and Iwamura had a comparably calm day today (cf. last night’s epic performance), and despite an early deficit and the fact that the team hit into three inning-ending double plays, they still found a path to the ‘W.’

One of those cock-blocked frames was the top of the seventh when both Yuhei and Morioka singled to start the inning, and Nakamura plated the former one out later on single to left. Miwa, pinch-hitting for Narveson, grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to kill the joy.

Araki's triple in the ninth scored two and won the game.

Araki’s triple in the ninth scored two and won the game.

1-1

Tokyo won this game in the ninth with Miyanishi on the mound for the Fighters. Yuhei struck out looking for out number one, but Morioka made things right with his third consecutive single to right. Iwamura drew a walk (his second free base of the game–he got plunked in his first at-bat), and then Nakamura popped up in foul territory near third base for out number two. But Araki saved the day–and won the game–with a drive into the game in left-center which saw both Morioka and Iwamura come around to score, and Araki reached third in the process.

3-1 Tokyo

Akiyoshi (3.53 ERA) started the ninth but got the hook after surrendering a walk, double, and RBI ground out to second. Iwahashi (3.60) was brought in to gather the final two outs, which he did on eight pitches, and was rewarded with the first save of his professional career.

3-2 Final

After his four doubles last night (which tied an NPB record), Iwamura was more subdued this afternoon. However, he reached base twice (HBP, BB) and ultimately represented the winning run when he crossed home plate in the top of the ninth.

Narveson (4.57 ERA) pitched a good game but didn’t factor into the final decision. He threw 89 pitches over six innings and surrendered one earned run off of three hits and two walks. He also struck out five.

Morioka was the Swallows’ biggest asset on offense today. He was 3-4 and scored once.

Carpenter (5.30 ERA) pitched another scoreless inning, but compared to yesterday it was far more labored. He faced five batters (two walks), but didn’t allow a run in the seventh.

Yamamoto (3.38) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

Tokyo’s next game is a “home” game against Fukuoka in Kagoshima. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM tomorrow evening.

Rookie's first save.

Rookie’s first save.

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

  • Ryo Uchida

    Thanks for the report as always… yesterday I missed the game, but does anyone know why Morioka was subbed in the 9th? I don’t recognize him to be a slow runner, but was he hurt? It seemed odd, because the chances of this game going to overtime seemed pretty high…

    • Kozo

      No injury as far as I could tell. Probably just cycling in Keizo.

      • Ryo Uchida

        Thanks. So it was your typical Ogawa man-love…