Aug 20th 2014, vs Yomiuri

August 20th, 2014

Yomiuri Giants 1FYG

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: WLLLW  Last 5: Won 1

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Narveson (4-8 ; 4.65 ERA)
L: Koyama (4-1 ; 2.76)
S: Barnette (6 S ; 3.79)

A superb eight innings from Chris Narveson, the first seven of which were hitless, helped to right the Swallows ship as they snapped their losing streak at three.

Narveson deals

Narveson deals

Ch*no (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Hashimoto (RF)2Ueda (CF)
Sakamoto (SS)3Kawabata (3B)
Abe (1B)4Balentien (LF)
Murata (3B)5Yuhei (RF)
Yano (LF)6Hatakeyama (1B)
Kataoka (2B)7Morioka (SS)
Kobayashi (C)8Aikawa (C)
Koyama (P)9Narveson (P)

While Narveson was putting up zeroes in the top half of each inning, the Swallows did all their scoring in the bottom of the 4th and 5th frames. In the 4th, a one out walk for Hatake was followed by a ground out from Morioka with the out being made at second. Morioka promptly stole second in time for Aikawa to hit a double to the wall in right, and it was 1-0 Tokyo.

Aikawa delivers in the 4th

Aikawa delivers in the 4th

And in the 5th, singles for Yamada and Kawabata put men on first and second, with Yamada being brought home by a double up the first base line from Yuhei for 2-0.

Narveson meanwhile, took his no-hitter into the 8th, with his only real jam of the night coming way back in the 1st after he issued two walks, half of his total for the evening. Kataoka promptly put an end to Chris’ battling no-hit campaign as he led off the inning by slapping one through the infield to left. Two outs and a steal later, Ch*no brought home Kataoka from second as he hit one just out of the reach of a diving Yamada to centre and it was 2-1.

Tony Barnette came in to work the 9th to try and bring the well deserved win home for his team-mate, and despite an error from Yamada letting the tying run on base, three strikeouts emphatically did just that for a 2-1 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • Narveson’s final line: 8 IP / 123 P / 2 H / 4 K / 4 BB / 1 ER. A big performance, just as his team needed it the most. Well done that man.
  • Aikawa was the standout with the bat, being the only man to manage two hits, including that key RBI double in the 4th.
  • After Yamada’s rare blank last night, he went 1 for 2 with 3 walks this evening.
  • 26,144 were there to see this one.
  • Tomorrow’s rubber game will see Ishikawa take the mound for the birds against some chump named Sawamura.
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

    I was surprised to hear that this was the Swallows’ first victory against the Giants at Jingu. To be fair it was only their 4th matchup at Jingu this season.

    • Yeah, I heard that in the hero interview and was surprised too. Until I remembered just how few Jingu Giants games there were this year.