Apr 23rd, 2015, @ Chunichi

April 23rd, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 1Chunichi Logo

Chunichi Dragons 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL

(Nagoya Dome)

Arakaki had a surprisingly good start but he was no match for a seemingly recovered Kazuki Yoshimi.

W: Yoshimi (2-0)
L: Arakaki (1-1)
S: Fukutani (4)

 Swallows Dragons
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Yohei Oshima (CF)
2Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)2Kyohei Kamezawa (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Ricardo Nanita (LF)
4Yuhei (Takai) (CF)4Nobumasa Fukuda (1B)
5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)5Anderson Hernandez (SS)
6Ryosuke Morioka (SS)6Shuhei Takahashi (3B)
7Hiroyasu Tanaka (LF)7Atsushi Fujii (RF)
8Akihisa Nishida (C)8Masato Matsui (C)
9Nagisa Arakaki (P)9Kazuki Yoshimi (P)

 Yoshimi has been pitching on 10 days rest for the Dragons since the beginning of the season. The Dragons have been cautious with their (former?) ace, as he recovers from right elbow injury. Yoshimi came into the game having thrown 13 innings of shutout ball, and he looked solid tonight showing great control and hitting his spots.

However, it was the Swallows who actually got the first chance of the game in the fourth inning. Kawabata lead off with a single and advanced to second on a hilariously wide wild pitch. Hatake hit the ball the other way and got a single and Kawabata went for home. Matsui had completely blocked the plate and Kawabata was called out despite not getting properly tagged.

That block ought to be illegal.

That block ought to be illegal.

Meanwhile Arakaki was getting by on junk ball pitching, falling behind and nibbling at the corners. The Dragons finally got to him in the bottom of the inning. Nanita lead off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a patented Arakaki wild pitch. Hernandez singled to put runners on the corners with a single, and Takahashi cashed the runners in with a hit that split the cavernous Nagoya Dome right field gap for a triple. 2-0 Dragons

But that was all Arakaki gave up and he managed to throw six innings on 100+ pitches, both firsts for Arakaki as a Swallow. Unfortunately the Swallows couldn’t get anything going against Yoshimi who racked up strikeouts even as he scattered some hits.

The Swallows handed the ball to Tokuyama in the seventh who gave up a run on a single to Kamezawa and a triple that managed to elude a shallow playing Yuhei by Fukuda. 3-0 Dragons

Yoshimi pitched 7 innings of shutout ball on 93 pitches, giving up 6 hits, getting 9 Ks, and giving up no walks. Okada came in and struck out the side in the eighth, and Fukutani came in to close out the game. After getting two quick outs to start the ninth. Fukutani gave up a opposite field liner to Hatake that just stayed fair and just managed to clear the right field fence for a solo homer. 3-1 Dragons But Morioka wasn’t able to stretch the chance against his former team and Fukutani got his save. 3-1 Dragons FINAL

Game Notes

  • The Swallows-Dragons game tonight was the only NPB game played today.
  • Despite the loss the Swallows are still at the top of the CL table with a 13-9 record, although they are tied with the Giants.
  • Arakaki has uncorked at least one wild pitch in each of his four starts as a Swallow. Some in the Japanese Twitterverse refer to a wild pitche as an ARAKAKI.
  • The Swallows announced that Coco Balentien will be joining the team starting tomorrow. Coco started 3 farm games and still looked a little gimpy. Balentien played two games as a DH, and one game in left field.
  • The Swallows will attempt to take sole possession of first in the CL with a three game series against the Giants at Jingu starting tomorrow. Ogawa will pitch against Poreda in the opener.
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.