May 27th 2015, vs Hokkaido

May 27th, 2015

Nippon HamHokkaido Fighters 5

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Tied 1   Last 5: LWWLT

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)


After a disappointing opening game to this season’s interleague schedule, the Swallows and Fighters were more much competitive and even in tonight’s game. Things got so even that nobody went home winners.

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

For the second night in a row, the Swallows got off to a quick start in the first inning. Scorching hot Yamada Tetsuto lead off with a single and stole second. Kawabata walked and Hatakeyama struck out looking before Yuhei stepped up with a timely two-out single to drive in Yamada. 1-0 Swallows

Nippon Ham quickly responded in their half of the second inning, briefly tying the game on a solo home run by Kondoh. The bottom half of their batting order then strung together two hits and ultimately scored on an RBI ground out by the pitcher Urano. 2-1 Nippon Ham

The Swallows tied it in the bottom of the third. Kawabata doubled to lead off and Hatakeyama struck out swinging before Yuhei stepped up and doubled in Kawabata. 2-2 Tie

In the bottom of the fourth, the pitcher Arakaki and Yamada had back to back hits to put runners on second and third. Araka hit a ground ball RBi but on the play, Yamada was also thrown out. 3-2 Swallows

In the top of the sixth, Nippon Ham got to Arakaki. After loading the bases, Arakaki hit Laird to bring in a run. Roman then came in to relieve Arakaki to face pinch hitter Ohtani. Ohtani came through this time with a ground ball RBI. After Nippon Ham loaded the bases again, Nakashima singled home another run to blow it open. 5-3 Nippon Ham

On this night however, the Swallows showed great fight. Nishiura doubled to center and Yamada then followed with a double of his own to score Nishiura. 5-4 Nippon Ham

In the bottom of the ninth, the Swallows made their last three outs count. After Kawabata and Hatakeyama were quickly retired in order, Yuhei singled to keep the rally alive and took second after a passed ball. Miwa pinch ran for Yuhei and in the batters box was new boy Mitch Dening. After fouling off pitches with two strikes, Dening came through with a clutch RBI single to right to tie the game. 5-5 tie

Although both clubs had chances in the extra innings to score, nobody came through with the decisive hit and the game ends 5-5.

Game notes:

  • Yamada now has eight straight multi hit games including tonight.
  • This is the first tie game for any Central League club this season.
  • Thursday’s starters are Naruse for the Swallows, Urasawa for Nippon Ham.