Sept 27th 2014, @ Hanshin

September 27th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 1

Hanshin Tigers 2

Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: WLWLL

(Koshien Stadium)

With Yomiuri’s Central League clinching win last night, Tokyo tried to influence the playoffs as best it could by giving Hiroshima a little extra breathing room in second place.

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W: Fukuhara (4-6; 4.08 ERA)
L: Ishiyama (3-8; 4.53)
S: Oh (1-4 38S; 1.89)

My brain vomited several times while watching the overdone news coverage last night. The news anchors were visibly giddy that the Giants had finally bested the sorry assortment of teams in Central. Mukatsuku.

TokyoOrderHanshin
Yamada (2B)1Uemoto (2B)
Araki (LF)2Yamato (CF)
Kawabata (3B)3Toritani (SS)
Hatakeyama (1B)4Gomez (1B)
Yuhei (CF)5Murton (LF)
Kawasaki (RF)6Fukudome (RF)
Nishida (C)7Saka (3B)
Yachi (SS)8Tsuruoka (C)
Ishiyama (P)9Iwazaki (P)

Ishiyama (3-7; 4.70 ERA) took the mound for the Swallows this evening against Iwazaki (5-4; 3.60). And he put up one hell of a fight.

Tokyo struck first with a trio of singles in the top of the first. Araki singled to left with one out, and Hatakeyama singled to center with two. Yuhei brought Tokyo’s lone run home one batter later on a single to right.

1-0 Tokyo

Hanshin tied it up in the bottom of the fifth after several innings of ho-hum yakyu. With one out, Ito took Ishiyama yard while pinch hitting for Iwazaki. Straight-away center.

1-1

Hanshin won it in the bottom of the eighth despite a double play putting two outs on the board to start things off. After that, Gomez and Murton revived Hanshin’s hopes with a walk and a single. That spelled the end of the night for Ishiyama, but he would soon get tagged with the loss when Nakazawa gave up Fukudome’s third single of the night.

1-2 FINAL

Ishiyama took the loss despite offering a high quality start. He threw 126 pitches over seven and two-thirds frames. He struck out five, walked two, and beaned one while allowing two earned runs from seven hits (one homer). His ERA improved to 4.53 even though his record sagged to 3-8.

Araki and Hatakeyama recorded multi-hit games while Kawabata was the only Swallow to hit anything more impressive than a single (double in the third with one out).

Tokyo head to Hiroshima next for a three game set from Sunday-Tuesday.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini