May 9th 2015, vs Chunichi (Akita)

May 9th, 2015

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 9

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL

(Komachi Stadium, Akita)

The team took its 4.59 team ERA to Akita with the hope of getting the team’s fortunes turned back around.

W: Ogawa (3-1; 1.99 ERA)
L: Yoshimi (3-0; 0.55 ERA)

But the wheels basically fell off, and your birds ended up suffering their most lopsided defeat so far this season.

Oshima (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Kamezawa (2B)2Ueda (CF)
Hirata (RF)3Kawabata (3B)
Luna (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Nanita (LF)5Yuhei (RF)
Hernandez (SS)6Araki (LF)
Takahashi (3B)7Nishiura (SS)
Matsui (C)8Nakamura (C)
Yoshimi (P)9Ogawa (P)

The Dragons struck first with a single run in the second inning. Nanita trotted home from third on Nanita’s single to center.

0-1 Chunichi

And Ogawa was very hittable all around. Chunichi actually got at least one runner to third in each of the first three innings. He left a lot of pitches up and several sliders right in the middle of the plate.

In the third, Oshima led off with a triple, and then a sac fly, two singles, a double, an Ueda ball bobble, and two walks ensued. Three runs were the damage.

0-4 Chunichi

And that was enough to chase Ogawa.

Tokuyama took over in the top of the fourth, and the Dragons scored one more on a bad throw from third that gave Oshima enough time to score from second.

0-5 Chunichi

And that was more than enough for Yoshimi. This afternoon was his first start this season outside the dome, but along with a umpire that was calling a wide zone to right-handed hitters, he was able to get several strikeouts on diving sliders on the left side.

Tokyo’s only run of the contest came in the bottom of the fifth when Yamada scored from second on Kawabata’s single to right.

1-5 Chunichi

But the mediocrity resumed after that, and the Swallows gave away a run in the seventh on an Akiyoshi wild pitch.

1-6 Chunichi

And then there was the top of the ninth where back-to-back singles were followed by a misread ball in center in which Ueda turned the wrong way at first and had to downshift in order to correct course. The ball sailed over his head, but well before the warning track for a bases-clearing triple. That was followed by a groundout to second that allowed a third run to score.


So hopefully you missed that one.

Game two of this abbreviated set is scheduled for 1 PM, again in Akita.

*Game Notes

  • The Tokyo offense managed only five hits today.
  • Yamada’s hitless streak extended to 12 at-bats before a walk in the fifth and a one-out single in the seventh.
  • Yuhei induced two errors from Luna at first base. He did not come around to score either time.
  • Chunichi’s Oshima and Nanita both had three-hit games.
  • Ogawa (1.99 ERA) took the loss, his first of the season. He threw 59 pitches during his three innings of work. He allowed four earned runs from seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.
  • Tokugawa (1.69 ERA) pitched two innings and gave up one unearned run. Kyuko (3.00) pitched a perfect sixth, Akiyoshi (4.91) allowed one earned run in the seventh, Nakazawa (2.70) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Furuno (2.30) allowed three earned runs in the ninth.
  • Kawabata was the only bird with a multi-hit game.
  • Nishiura looked patient and confident at the plate. He and Nakamura seemed to be the only hitters who were able to see Yoshimi’s outside slider without any trouble.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini