Sep 2nd 2014, vs Chunichi

September 2nd, 2014

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 3

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: WLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Matayoshi
L: Akiyoshi (2-4 / 2.55 ERA)
S: Fukutani

The Dragons came to Jingu on the back of six straight losses, but the Swallows failed to make it seven as they stumbled in their noble quest for glory (AKA CL 5th place).

Oshima (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Araki (2B)2Morioka (SS)
Fuji (LF)3Kawabata (3B)
Hirata (RF)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Luna (3B)5Yuhei (CF)
Morina (1B)6Ihara (LF)
One of the Donoues (SS)7Takeuchi (RF)
Oda (C)8Aikawa (C)
Itoh (P)9Narveson (P)

Tokyo scored what would be their only runs of the game in the bottom of the 1st against Chunichi starter Itoh. Singles from Yamada and Kawabata set the table for RBI singles from Yuhei and Ihara, 2-0 Tokyo.

Narveson gave up his only run of the evening in the top of the 2nd despite not allowing a hit. A lead-off walk and a wild pitch would prove costly as a run was brought home by a one out grounder to first from Morino, 2-1.

For the third straight start, Narveson brought it, allowing just a solitary hit over his six innings of work (6 IP / 107 P / 1 H / 3 K / 3 BB / 1 WP / 1 ER). Unfortunately for Chris, the bats couldn’t manage to extend his lead, leaving two on in the 4th, and the bases juiced in the 5th.

Those runs left on the field would ultimately prove costly as Nakazawa and Akiyoshi gave up three hits between then in the 8th, the tying run being charged to the former, 2-2.

Then in the 9th, Akiyoshi put a man on via a walk, and was replaced with Kyuko with two outs and the go-ahead at second. Alas pinch-hitting veteran Ogasawara was up to the task as he hit to the wall in right of centre for a go-ahead double, 3-2 Chunichi.

The Swallows would go down in order in the bottom of the 9th, 3-2 Chunichi Final.

Game Notage

  • This loss means the Swallows have fallen 3 games back of the 5th placed Dragons, meaning they can no longer drag themselves out of the CL cellar come this series end.
  • Balentien made an appearance in the 9th, flying out to centre for the first out of the inning.
  • I would like to see Doala die in a fire.
  • Tomorrow will see *gulp* Tokuyama *gulp* take the mound for the birds as their NOBLE QUEST FOR 5th continues.
  • Also, in news unrelated to today’s game, ex-Swallow and all around good egg Atsunori Inaba has announced his intention to retire at the end of this season. Much more details and career statistics for the great man can be found at Yakyu Baka. If only there were some way for his last game to be against the Swallows, which would be truly fitting.


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