Apr 29th 2015, @ Hanshin

April 29th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 1

Hanshin Tigers 3

Streak: Lost 3   Last 5: WWLLL

(Koshien Stadium)

W: Iwata
L: Ishiyama

Despite collecting 12 hits, the Swallows offense somehow managed to score only one run for the second straight game and suffered their third straight defeat.

Yamada (2B)1Uemoto (2B)
Ueda (RF)2Nishioka (3B)
Kawabata (3B)3Toritani (SS)
Yuhei (CF)4Gomez (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)5Fukudome (RF)
Araki (LF)6Murton (LF)
Nakamura (RF)7Itoh (CF)
Ohbiki (SS)8Umeno (C)
Ishiyama (P)9Iwata (P)

Hanshin got the scoring started in the first inning by taking advantage of Ishiyama’s wildness and thanks to timely hitting my Gomez and Murton. After Uemoto fouled out, Nishioka walked without swinging his bat once, followed by a Torotani walk. With runners and first and second with nobody out, Gomez singled to left to make it 1-0 Hanshin. Then after Fukudome struck out, Murton followed with a single to center. 2-0 Hanshin

Ishiyama settled down and pitched four scoreless innings before wildness returned for Murton to take advantage of again. Gomez singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a Nakamura passed ball and Ishiyama wild pitch. After a lazy flyball by Fukudome, Murton stepped up and ripped a 2-2 Ishiyama offering into right. 3-0 Hanshin

Trying desperately to come back in this game, the Swallows had a golden opportunity in the eighth when they loaded the bases with nobody out against new pitcher Ando. Lefty Takamiya replaced an ineffective Ando and managed to get out of the jam while conceding only one run on a double play ball by pinch hitter Morioka. This essentially summed up the last two days against Hanshin; outhitting the home team both days but unable to convert base runners into runs. 3-1 Hanshin

The winning pitcher and player of the game was Iwata, scattering ten hits and walking two but holding the Swallows scoreless over seven innings. The losing pitcher was Ishiyama, who after a blistering hot start to the season has given up eight hits for the second straight start. That being said, his ERA continues to sparkle at 1.13.

The pitching matchup for tomorrow’s series finale features Iwamoto for Hanshin, Arakaki for the Swallows. In his last starter against the Swallows on April 1st, Iwamoto limited the Swallows to one run over seven innings and picking up the win. Arakaki makes his first of the season against Hanshin.

Game notes:

  • Swallows stranded twelve men on base.
  • Hanshin have won three straight for the first time since starting the season 3-0.
  • And most importantly: despite the three game skid, the Swallows are in a first place tie with Gomiuri.