Jun 9th 2014, vs Saitama

June 9th, 2014

LionsSaitama Lions 5

Tokyo Swallows  2

Streak: Lost 1      Last 5: DLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Togame (3-4)
L: Narveson (2-5; 4.88 ERA )
S: Takahashi (10 S)

Following his hamstring injury during yesterday’s game, the post-Hatakeyama era began with a loss to Seibu and it’s accompanying merry band of gurning outpatients/supporters.

Expect the “NO HATAKE NO PUDDING LIFE” T-shirts to be on sale in the new Tsubakuro Swallows team store soon.

Akiyama (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Watanabe (SS)2Ueda (CF)
Kuriyama (LF)3Kawabata (3B)
Nakamura (DH)4Balentien (DH)
Mejía (1B)5Yuhei (RF)
Kimura (RF)6Morioka (SS)
Yamazaki (3B)7Iwamura (1B)
Sumitani (C)8Nakamura (C)
Kaneko (2B)9Miwa (LF)

Narveson gave up the lead in the top of the 1st, two runs off five hits making it 2-0 Saitama. The inning could have been much worse if not for a Nakamura double play after the first three batters of the evening had singled to lead off the game.

Tokyo pulled back a run in the 3rd, as singles for Miwa, Ueda, and Kawabata halved the deficit for 2-1. A walk for Balentien then loaded the bases with one out for Yuhei, but neither he (struck out swinging) or next man up Morioka (ground out to second) could get the hit that could have altered the course of the evening.

The Lions extended their lead in the 5th through a Nakamura solo homer, his third against the Swallows this year, 3-1.

Tokyo would again pull back closer in the 6th, with Morioka leading off the inning with a single, and then working his way around to third on a ground out and wild pitch, to be brought home by a ground out from Nakamura for 3-2.

And that would be as close as the Swallows would get. Furuno (!?) worked a messy but scoreless two hit, one walk 7th, then the game saw a 25 minute rain delay before the start of the 8th.

And in that 8th inning, with Matsuoka on the mound and the rain still coming down, two hits and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. And just as it looked like Matsuoka may escape the jam, Kuriyama squeezed one through the infield to right and it was 5-2.

The Swallows did put two men in scoring positions with two outs in the 9th (Nakamura walk, Yamada double), but Ihara grounded out to short and we had ourselves a 5-2 Saitama Final.


Game Notage

  • Chris Narveson’s final line: 6 IP / 108 P / 11 H / 6 K / 1 BB / 3 ER. At least it was better than his last game against this lot.
  • Akiyoshi worked a [walk -> double play -> walk -> strike out] top of the 9th.
  • Yamada was the only Swallow to register two hits. He is now batting .324.
  • Iwamura was roped in to replace Hatake at first. He went 1 for 2 with a walk before being replaced with Hiroyasu (fly out to centre) to lead off the 9th.
  • The Swallows split the series with Saitama 2-2, and could have raised their overall record for INTERJOYLEAGUE 2014 to .500 had they won this evening.
  • Tokyo will get a day off before heading to Miyagi to face the Eagles for two games from Wednesday.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • Kozo

    Dave, your Google Image-fu never ceases to amaze.