Apr 21st 2015, @ Chunichi

April 21st, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 2Chunichi Logo

Chunichi Dragons 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Ohno (2-0 / 0.56 ERA)
L: Naruse (1-2 / 3.00 ERA)

The Swallows win streak came to an end at the hands of Chunichi starter Ohno, who dominated the Tokyo bats for the second time in 2015.

 Swallows Dragons
1Yamada (2B)1Oshima (CF)
2Tanaka (RF)2Araki (2B)
3Kawabata (3B)3Hirata (RF)
4Yuhei (CF)4Fukuda (1B)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Matsui (LF)
6Ihara (LF)6Hernandez (SS)
7Nakamura (C)7Donoue (3B)
8Ohbiki (SS)8Katsura (C)
9Naruse (P)9Ohno (P)

Tonight’s game saw a rematch for Naruse and Ohno, with the Dragons man shutting out the Swallows over the distance the last time out. And alas tonight was pretty much the same story, though the Tokyo bats finally got to Ohno late in this one.

As for Naruse, he again pitched pretty well, allowing six hits over his seven innings, with five strikeouts and a solitary walk over his seven innings. Unfortunately for Naruse, two of those hits were solo home runs in the 5th, with Hernandez hitting his first long ball of the year, and young catcher Katsura hitting his first pro dinger on his top-team debut to make it 2-0 Chunichi in the most Narusest of ways.

The Dragon’s final run came off Furuno in the 8th, with a triple from uber-annoyance Ohshima and subsequent single from Hirata making it 3-0.

The Swallows meanwhile managed just the one hit over the first eight frames, and indeed Ohno came within one out of posting his second complete game shut out against Tokyo’s birds of the year.

After Yuhei reached on a dropped third strike/passed ball, Hatake hit a ground out to second for the second out of the inning with the out being made at second (too many seconds?).

The belated fun then started as Ihara hit one up the middle to put men on first and second, before Namaura walked to load the bases. Ohbiki then stepped up, and managed to connect the loose droopy flesh of his flaccid bat to the ball, sending it into left field for a two run double, 3-2. Up stepped Nishida with men on second and third, with a chance to give the Swallows an unlikely come from behind victory with a single hit. But it was not to be, as he hit a grounder to short, which ended the game to the disappointment of all right-minded baseball fans of the world. 3-2 Chunichi Final.

Tomorrow will see Ishiyama look to continue his stellar form as he takes on Yamai.

Oh, and one more thing……



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