June 13th 2014, vs Tohoku

June 13th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 2

Rakuten Tohoku Golden Eagles 8

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL

(Kobo Stadium Miyagi)

Kiya finally got to make a scheduled start after his last two where rained out. Unfortunately he was not worth the wait as the Eagles knocked him around. Kiya did manage to keep the score close but handing the ball to our bullpen after 2.2 innings has not proven to be a recipe for success.

W: Karakawa (4-7)
L: Akagawa (0-1)

 Swallows Eagles
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Takero Okajima (RF)
2Wataru Hiyane (CF)2Kazuya Fujita (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Mitsutaka Goto (SS)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Andreu Jones (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Kazuo Matsui (3B)
6Hiroyasu Tanaka (1B)6Motohiro Shima (C)
7Ryoji Aikawa (C)7John Bowker (LF)
8Keizo Kawashima (SS)8Ryo Hijirisawa (CF)
9Ryohei Kiya (P)9Wataru Karashima (P)

Kiya gave up the first run of the game in the bottom of the second to John Bowker who hit a homer to right that was just to the wrong side of the foul pole. 1-0 Eagles

The Swallows got the run back in the next inning after a Keizo double and Kiya bunt was cashed in by a Hiyane single. 1-1 All

The Eagles got to Kiya in the bottom of the third. Kiya gave up back-to-back one out singles, followed by a Jones double to score one run. 2-1 Eagles Kiya managed to strikeout Matsui but gave up a walk to Shima and was pulled from the game in favor of Akagawa. Akagawa got Bowker to ground into the final out of the inning.

The Swallows tied it up again in the next inning with a lead off single by Balentien followed immediately with a Yuhei double. 2-2 All Unfortunately the Swallows weren’t able to press the advantage and headed into the bottom of the inning still tied.

Akagawa immediately gave up a homerun to Hijirisawa to start the inning. 3-2 Eagles Akagawa allowed two more runners and was yanked for Furuno with two outs.

Furuno proceeded to pitch two more innings after that amassing 5 Ks in his 2.1 innings of perfect pitching. Unfortunately the Swallows offense got nothing going while Furuno was keeping the Eagles at bay.

The Swallows handed the ball to “Mr. 3-run” Matsuoka who only gave up a two one homer to Kosai after walking Jones. 5-2 Eagles

The Eagles busted it open in the eighth with 3 runs off of Iwahashi who gave up a walk and four hits including a triple for three runs. 8-2 Eagles Sanada came in to get the last two outs from the Eagles in the ninth. The Swallows offense never really threatened. 8-2 Eagles FINAL

The Swallows still haven’t managed an Interleague sweep, although they’ve largely avoided being swept except their opening series against the Marines. The Swallows will now travel up to Hokkaido to attempt to get their first Interleague sweep of 2014.

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.