Jun 1st 2014, @ Fukuoka

June 1st, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 3

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 3

Streak: Drew 1 Last 5: WDLWD

(Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome)

Second time this week.


Compared to the offensive explosion displayed early in last night’s traipse over the Hawks, the hits were few and far between this afternoon. As you can see from the above boxscore, your birds managed only seven hits over a 12 inning game.

Yamada (2B)1Nakamura (LF)
Ueda (CF)2Imamiya (SS)
Kawabata (3B)3Yanagita (CF)
Balentien (LF)4Lee (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)5Hasegawa (RF)
Yuhei (RF)6Matsuda (3B)
Araki (SS)7Honda (2B)
Nakamura (C)8Hosokawa (C)
Yagi (P)9Oseguera (P)

And no, I’m not annoyed that Igarashi is pitching so well in his new Kyushu home.

Just like last night, Tokyo came charging out of the gates. Yamada doubled and was then sac bunted to third before Balentien finally brought him home with two outs. Balentien soon scored on Hatakeyama’s double to left.

2-0 Tokyo

A solid enough start, but that error at short hurt.

A solid enough start, but that error at short hurt.

Everything quieted down for a bit after that. The next run came in the bottom of the fourth after Hasegawa led off with a single. With two outs on the board, Oseguera was pinch hit by Yoshimura who delivered an RBI single. Maybe the memory of the night prior was a bit fresh in the manager’s memory, but Oseguera probably had a couple of decent innings left in him. But never mind. Tokyo would hit safely only four more times before the end of this contest.

2-1 Tokyo

Hasegawa’s single in the fifth scored one more for the home team after an error at short allowed an unwelcome runner, and Imamiya’s bases clearing triple in the sixth send the wealthiest birds in the land into the lead.

2-3 Fukuoka

But your lovable, impoverished birds cancelled the advantage in the top of the seventh with two outs. Kawashima’s pinch hit walk was compounded by a Nakamura double to draw level down south(west).


And that’s the way it ended despite playing three extra frames and a total of five hours and seventeen minutes of rather boring domeball.

Tokyo managed four more base runners after the seventh, and Fukuoka six, but a combination of nine relief pitchers didn’t allow any more umbrella waving or whatever it is that Fukuoka fans do when they’re excited.

Yagi lasted one out short of six full innings. He threw a hefty 121 pitches during that time and allowed three runs (two earned) from six hits, four strikeouts, and five walks. He didn’t factor in the final decision.

Matsuoka (2.38 ERA), Yamamoto (3.86), Akiyoshi (3.27), Iwahashi (1.04), and Ishiyama (7.50) all made scoreless relief appearances as well.

Tokyo will hit Kyocera Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday on their way back north to Tokyo for a Friday to Monday date with Chiba and Saitama (two games each, and in that order).

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

  • Joy of joys, Tokyo was the only CL team that didn’t win its interleague game today.

  • Kozo

    The Birds came VERY close to losing this one in the twelfth inning. An inch higher and Ishiyama would’ve been the victim of a Sayonara homer.

  • Andy G

    Yep, I was about 20 metres away and it looked like a homer all the way. Took an absolute eternity for the umpires to decide.