Sept 17th 2014, vs Hanshin

September 17th, 2014

Hanshin Tigers 5

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WDLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Nomi (8-13 ; 4.05 ERA)
L: Sugiura (0-2 ; 4.09 ERA)

The Swallows were shut out for the third time in September as they lost their latest game in the march toward 6th placed glory.

 Tigers Swallows
1Uemoto (2B)1Yamada (2B)
2Yamato (CF)2Kawabata (3B)
3Toritani (SS)3Iihara (RF)
4Gomez (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Murton (LF)5Yuhei (CF)
6Fukudome (RF)6Hatakeyama (1B)
7Arai the Elder (3B)7Nakamura (C)
8Tsuruoka (C)8Yachi (SS)
9Nomi (P)9Sugiura (P)

Rookie Sugiura made his second career start, and fared slightly worse than on his debut, but was still none too shabby.  Toshihiro allowed three runs over his shift, two runs off three hits in the 1st, then another run of two more hits in the 3rd, 3-0 Hanshin.

He lasted until the beginning of the 6th inning, whereupon a bases loading walk, double, and dead ball combo saw him benched with no outs on the board. Fortunately for the rookie, Nakazawa came in and put up three straight outs to save Sugiura’s ERA somewhat. Sugiura’s final line: 5.0 IP / 96 P / 6 H / 5 K / 2 BB / 1 HBP / 3 ER.

After that the Tigers put up a run in each of the 8th and 9th frames against the Tokyo bullpen, Yamamoto was responsible for the first (though it was Kyuko who allowed the runner home), and Matsuoka the second.

The bats meanwhile couldn’t solve eight innings of Nomi, nor a final inning of Ando, managing just five hits over the distance. The nearest thing to a threat came in the 4th, as back-to-back one out singles from Balentien and Yuhei put two on for Hatake, who hit into a trademark inning ending double play. 5-0 Hanshin Final.

This was the last home game vs Hanshin of 2014. Shame.

Tomorrow will see a day off for the birds before they head across town for three games at the stain dome against Yomiuri from Friday.

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