Aug 7th 2014, vs Hanshin

August 7th, 2014

Hanshin Tigers 4

Tokyo Swallows 13

Streak: Won 2  Last 5: WWLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows offense kept rolling against the Tigers as they managed to take yet another series. The Swallows also set a club record with eight consecutive games with double-digit hits.

W: Muranaka (2-2)
L: Saiuchi (1-2)

 Tigers Swallows
1Hiroki Uemoto (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Ryota Imanari (RF)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Takashi Toritani (SS)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Mauro Gomez (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Matt Murton (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Takahiro Arai (3B)6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
7Hayata Itoh (CF)7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
8Ryutaro Umeno (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Hiroaki Saiuchi (P)9Kyohei Muranaka (P)

Muranaka made his first start since his gem against the Tigers last week. Unfortunately tonight’s start was not as smooth. Muranaka gave up a hit and walk that scored on a Murton single. 1-0 Tigers

The game slowed down for a few inning as both team got scattered some hits but couldn’t get anything going. The Tigers’ Saiuchi didn’t look like the pitcher that came into the game with an ERA over 9.00. That all changed in the bottom of the fourth as the Swallows’ offense finally clicked. Kawabata started the inning off with a double. Saiuchi lost control of a slider inside and hit Coco to put two men on with no out. Yuhei grounded out to put men on the corners, and Hatake tied the game with a single. 1-1 All Morioka followed with a high fly that caught enough of the wind to make it into the right field stands to put the Swallows in the lead. 4-1 Swallows Saiuchi got Nakamura to fly out, but gave up a single to Muranaka that put an end to his night. Enokida came in for Saiuchi and promptly loaded the bases with a hit to Yamada and a walk to Ueda. Kawabata promptly cleared the bases with his second double of the inning. 7-1 Swallows

That’s all the Swallows needed but the Birds piled on with a run on a two out wild pitch in the fifth off of Enokida. 8-1 Swallows

The Tigers got to Muranaka in the sixth with a Murton single and an Umeno double that scored on a Arai single up the middle. 8-3 Swallows

The Swallows quickly reasserted their control and kept the momentum after Kawabata go on base on an error and Balentien got a single. Yuhei brought them home with a homer to right. 11-3 Swallows

The Swallows’ scoring finished in the eighth. After two quick out Yamada hit his 20th home run of the season. 12-3 Swallows Ueda followed with a double and scored on a Kawabata single. 13-3 Swallows

Tokuyama pitched the ninth after pitching a perfect eighth. Tokuyama was far from perfect in the final frame giving up three walks and a hit, but with the 10 run lead the Swallows kept him in and the damage was limited to a single run. 13-4 Swallows FINAL


  • Yamada became the first Japanese player to reach 20 HRs in the CL this season. He finished the night 3-for-5 with a double, homer run, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Every started, including Muranaka, ended up with at least a hit. Yamada and Kawabata had three-hit games, while Coco, YUhei, and Nakamura all had two-hit games.
  • Muranaka got the win with 6 innings pitched on 103 pitches, 8 hits allows, 1 walk, 1 hit batter, 6 Ks, and 3 runs allowed (all earned).
  • Matt Murton really likes hitting at Jingu. FGJ entered the game with a .600 batting average at Jingu and finished the night 3-for-3 with a walk and sac fly, which raised the average to .636.
  • Overall the Swallows outscored the Tigers 31-30 during the three game homestand.
  • The Swallows head to Yokohama to try to stop the red hot BayStars and their nine game winning streak against the Birds. Ishikawa will make the start against Ino to kick things off tomorrow.
Yuhei, Morioka, and Yamada hit homeruns tonight.

Yuhei, Morioka, and Yamada hit homeruns tonight.

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.