Jun 19th 2014, vs Fukuoka

June 19th, 2014

Fukuoka Hawks 7

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows played their first game since Sunday’s win at Sapporo. The rain cancellation means the team was opening up a 6 day 6 game homestand with Ishikawa leading off the rotation. Unfortunately Bad Ishikawa came back to Tokyo from the team’s meaningless trip to Kagoshima.

W: Settsu (5-2)
L: Ishikawa (4-5)

 Hawks Swallows
1Akira Nakamura (LF)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Kenta Imamiya (SS)2Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
3Yuki Yanagita (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Dae-ho Lee (DH)4Yasushi Iihara (LF)
5Yuya Hasegawa (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
6Nobuhiro Matsuda (3B)6Akinori Iwamura (DH)
7Yuki Yoshimura (1B)7Takahiro Araki (1B)
8Yuichi Honda (2B)8Ryoji Aikawa (C)
9Toru Hosokawa (C)9Shinichi Takeuchi (RF)
SPTadashi SettsuSPMasanori Ishikawa

Ishikawa looked a bit shaky in the first two innings giving up multiple runners, but ultimately he was able to keep the Hawks off the board. The Swallows’ offense also managed to get multiple runners on Settsu in the first two frames, but couldn’t punch through any runs.

The Hawks finally drew first blood in the third after Lee launched a two out solo shot to left field. 1-0 Hawks

The damage continued in the fourth inning as Matsuda and Yoshida started the inning with a single-homer combo for two more runs. 3-0 Hawks Ishikawa proceeded to give up three more hits and a walk but managed to hold off any more runs thanks to a failed steal.

Ishikawa started the fifth with two outs but gave up a walk, a single, and an opposite-field home run to Hosokawa for three more runs. 6-0 Hawks Hosokawa looked a bit surprised as he rounded the bases. Ishikawa gave up an extra single before he handed the ball off to Ishiyama. Ishiyama managed to end the threat, but couldn’t keep it going in the sixth.

Ishiyama alternated walks and outs to start the sixth to load the bases. With the Hawks a grand slam away from hitting the home run cycle as a team it almost felt inevitable that Honda would hit one over the fence. It wasn’t quite that bad, but Honda did poke a single to right to score another run. 7-0 Hawks

Yuhei got his May MVP award before the game tonight, but he hasn’t been putting up super impressive numbers so far in June. But Yuhei managed to drive a Settsu fastball deep into the right field stands for a run. 7-1 Hawks

In the seventh Yamada managed to put a two out 1-1 offering from Settsu into the left field stands. 7-2 Hawks

Matsuoka, Akiyoshi, and Barnette (!) buckled down and pitched solid relief through the last three innings, but so did the Hawks’ bullpen ending the game at 7-2 Hawks.

Ishikawa had a bad night.

Ishikawa had a bad night.

Tony Barnette made his Jingu return after a two month absence.

Tony Barnette made his Jingu return after a two month absence.

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.

  • Andy G

    Could have gone either way at the start with both teams wasting chances. Not surprised Hosokawa looked shocked – he’s usually hopeless!!!