June 11th 2014, vs Tohoku

June 11th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 1

Rakuten Tohoku Golden Eagles 0

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LWWLW

(Kobo Stadium Miyagi)

Ishikawa protected a one run lead for nine whole innings for a low scoring affair in the rain. YAY WINNING!

W: Ishikawa (4-4)
L: Kawai (1-4)

 Swallows Eagles
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Takero Okajima (RF)
2Wataru Hiyane (CF)2Kazuya Fujita (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Akihisa Makida (LF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Andreu Jones (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Motohiro Shima (C)
6Hiroyasu Tanaka (1B)
6Kazuo Matsui (3B)
7Takahiro Araki (SS)7Tetsuro Nishida (SS)
8Ryoji Aikawa (C)8Ryo Hijirisawa (CF)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)9Takashi Kawai (P)

The offense in this game started and ended with a full count homer to left by Yamada to start the game. 1-0 Swallows

From that point it became a grounder fest as neither offense got much going. As the rain got stronger as the night went on the weaker the contact the seemed to become. Ishikawa gave up four singles and two walks all night, never more than one in a single inning. The Swallows’ offense fared slightly better getting 6 single, 3 walks, and a HBP over the course of nine innings after the leadoff blast.

Ishikawa got some help from the defense as 15 of the 27 outs came on infield grounders. On the other side Rakuten recorded 19 outs via infield grounders. Ishikawa needed 133 pitches to get his second complete game shutout of the year and he finally brought his season record to .500.

Unfortunately I did not get to see the game, any reports on Hiroyasu’s play at first would be appreciated.

Kiya will face Karashima tomorrow weather permitting.

Victory in the rain!

Victory in the rain!

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.