Oct 2nd 2014, vs. Yomiuri

October 2nd, 2014

dirty-giantsYomiuri Giants 9

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLLWL

The Swallows’ faithful did not get their wish and fell to the hands of the Giants in a game that was never in doubt. Yagi wasn’t able to get his redemption game, and the Swallows ended their season with an 11-13 record against the Giants.

W: Kasahara (2-0)
L: Yagi (5-6)

 Giants Swallows
1Yasuyuki Kataoka (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Yoshiyuki Kamei (RF)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Shinnosuke Abe (C)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Leslie Anderson (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Hirokazu Ibata (3B)6Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
7Jose Lopez (1B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Itaru Hashimoto (CF)8Jun Matsui (LF)
9Tomoyuki Sugano (P)9Ryosuke Yagi (P)

The game started with a Kataoka double, a Kamei walk, and a Sakamoto homer. 3-0 Giants That’s probably all you need to know.

The Swallows got a few hard hits off of Sugano, and the Giants elected to cowerdly pull him after two innings to protect his CL ERA lead. Unfortunately the Swallows were unable to feast on the Giants mediocre bullpen. The Swallows only managed a single run off of guys with names like Takagi (sorta know him), Kasahara (heard of him), Fukuda (he’s still alive?), Tsuchida (WHO????), and Anan (not a typo).

Meanwhile the bullpen duo of Kyuko and Furuno gave up 6 runs (4 earned) over the sixth and seventh innings. 9-1 Giants

For those of you who care about individual achievements, Yamada managed to get three hits to retake the CL lead in total hits with 188. His main threat for the crown, the Carp’s Kikuchi (186) has one game left to play while Yamada still has 2 games to play.

The highlight of the night. (Pre-game.)

The highlight of the night. (Pre-game.)

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.