Jul 16th 2014, @ Yomiuri

July 16th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 2FYG

Yomiuri Giants 5

Streak: Lost 2    Last 5: LLWLL

(Tokyo Dome)

W: Sug*no
L: Kiya (4-4; 5.80 ERA)

Tonight saw Kiya called in to make an emergency start as the originally slated starter Narveson was scratched due to neck pain, while Tokyo’s offence couldn’t get anything going until it was too late.

Yamada (2B)1Sakamoto (SS)
Kawabata (1B)2Hashimoto (CF)
Balentien (LF)3Ch*no (RF)
Yuhei (RF)4Abe (C)
Iihara (CF)5Anderson (LF)
Morioka (3B)6Lopez (1B)
Nakamura (C)7Murata (3B)
Kawashima (SS)8Kataoka (2B)
Kiya (P)9Sug*no (P)

Kiya was by no means terrible, especially given the circumstances, giving up three runs off five hits in his four innings of work. Akagawa then gave up two runs of his own off four hits in two innings of relief. Tokuyama was the only pitcher to manage to keep the opposition at bay, pitching the final two inning in a perfect stylee.

After stranding two men in the 1st, Tokyo then scattered just two hits over the next six innings, before finally getting to Sug*no in the 8th. Yamada drew first blood, with his third homer in as many games, and two singles followed from Kawabata and Balentien to put two on with no outs, but alas Ihara would end up hitting into an inning ending double play.

In the 9th, singles from Noguchi and Tanaka were followed up by a Yamada double to the wall in left to score another run, but two runners would once again be stranded and that was all she wrote.

Giants Love

The NPB now enters it’s annual All Star break, in which they will shoehorn in the traditional seven or so All Star games. The Swallows will return to action from Monday the 21st, as the Carp come to town for a series. In the meantime wrap your ears around our latest podcast to get you through until then.

Enjoy your week!

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

  • Ben

    Does anyone have any photos of the fans from last night’s game? Specifically the part in the 7th inning when everyone was wearing their black and orange shirts in the form of stars.