May 26th 2015, vs Hokkaido

May 26th, 2015

Nippon HamHokkaido Fighters 12

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Mendozaaaaaaaa (3-4)
L: Nakazawa (1-2 / 3.07 ERA)

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the day that the right-honorable esteemed manager of high esteem, Shigeru Takada, stepped down from his job as captain of the good ship Swallows. But as tonight’s game proved, with regard to Interleague fun and games, not a whole lot has changed in the interim.

Nishikawa (LF)1Yamada (2B)
Nakashima (SS)2Fujii (CF)
Tanaka (2B)3Kawabata (3B)
Nakata (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Kondo (C)5Yuhei (RF)
Asama (RF)6Araki (LF)
Sugiya (CF)7Imanami (SS)
Laird (3B)8Nakamura (C)
Mendoza (P)9Furuno (P)

RIP Captain

Tonight was the designated “let’s let the bullpen pitch a game” night, which didn’t go so well, as 5 pitchers gave up 12 runs off a whopping 17 hits, while allowing, get this, 9 walks over the distance. The relay went: Furuno (4 IP / 6 H / 3 BB / 3 ER), Nakazawa (0.2 IP / 2 H / 3 BB / 2 ER), Tokuyama (1.1 IP / 3 H / 2 BB / 3 ER), Kyuko (1 IP / 3 H / 0 BB / 1 ER), and Akiyoshi (2 IP / 3 H / 1 BB / 2 ER).

This was all after Tokyo appeared to be getting the better of Fighters’ starter Mendozaaaaaaa early on, taking a 3-1 lead into the 3rd, but things went south fast from there.

12-5 Hokkaido Final.

Game Notage

  • Hatake hit his team-leading 10th long ball of the year, a solo shot, in the 7th.
  • Swallows new-boy, Mitch Dening, made his debut as a pinch hitter in the 4th, and was subsequently plunked on the leg by Mendozaaaaaaa for his troubles.
  • Team Tsubamegun were sitting in posh seats in the infield for this one, taking advantage of our Fanclub “Let the unwashed sit with the 1% once a year” tickets that come with the Platinum Membership. A few observations from our foray: the view is good, the legroom is not, Hatake is much larger close up, it is also very quiet with people seemingly engaging in the acts of both conversing and cheering for the team through the means of telepathy, obviously developed through the faster evolution of the said 1%. In conclusion: sit in the outfield.
  • Wednesday’s game will see Arakaki take the mound for your birds.
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