Jun 25th 2015, @ Chunichi

June 25th, 2015

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Chunichi Dragons 3

Streak: Won 3   Last 5: LLWWW

(Nagoya Dome)

I’m not one to make bold predictions but prior to this season I publicly proclaimed that the Swallows would finish ahead of the Dragons this year. But after the Swallows’ fall from the top of the CL the Dragons found themselves ahead of the Swallows and I was feeling nervous. The universe righted itself tonight, as the Swallows completed a sweep of the Dragons at Nagoya Dome to send the Dragons to the CL cellar.

W: Furuno (4-0)
L: Ohno (7-3)

 Swallows Dragons
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Yohei Oshima (CF)
2Wataru Hiyane (CF)2Kyohei Kamezawa (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Ryosuke Hirata (RF)
4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)4Hector Luna (3B)
5Hiroyasu Tanaka (LF)5Masahiko Morino (1B)
6Yuhei (Takai) (CF)6Anderson Hernández (SS)
7Naomichi Nishiura (SS)7Atsushi Fujii (RF)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Motonobu Tanishige (C)
9Masato Furuno (P)9Yudai Ohno (P)

The Swallows were facing the Dragons’ best starter. Ohno, who had been 3-0 with two complete games against the Swallows this year. Yamada started things out with a boom with a game starting solo shot. 1-0 Swallows It was Yamada’s tenth career lead off homer, which ties him second in the franchise record book with Dave Hilton.

The Dragons got a solo shot of their own in the second from Hernandez to tie the game at one. 1-1 All

The Dragons took the lead off of the Swallows in a weird sequence in the fourth. Luna leadd of the inning with a an infield single, and stole second. Nakamura’s throw to second missed the mark and allowed Luna to take third. Furuno then walked Morino and got Hernandez to ground into a double play that onetheless allowed the go ahead run to score. 2-1 Dragons

The Swallows retook the lead in an equally bizarre sequence of events. The Swallows managed to lead off the sixth with back-to-back-to-back singles by Araki, Yamada, and Hiyane to load the bases with no out against Ohno. Kawabata struck out, but Mr. RBI Hatakeyama padded his CL leading total by drawing a game tying walk. 2-2 All The go ahead run came in as HIroyasu grounded into a double play and the inning ended after Hiyane got thrown out trying to get greedy. 3-2 Swallows

The Swallows got an insurance run in the seventh. Yuhei lead off the inning with a double but got nabbed by a failed Nishiura bunt attempt. A Nakamura hit put men on the corners and a run scored on an Araki ground out. 4-2 Swallows

So it went until the ninth inning when the Swallows bats did a mini encore from last night. The Swallows managed to load the bases with two outs off of a walk and two singles. Kawabata worked a full count and lined a shot down the right field line to score two runs. 6-2 Swallows Hatake followed by lining a single into left for yet another RBI. 7-2 Swallows

Tony came into the game in the ninth after no doubt warming up in the top of the inning expecting a save situation. Tony ended up giving up his first run to a CL opponent after hits to Luna, Hernandez, and Fujii. Like his first run of the season, it came in a non-save situation and was ultimately meaningless. 7-3 Swallows FINAL

Game Notes

  • Furuno earned his fourth win of the season and remains undefeated in 2015. Furuno pitched five innings, giving up five hits and a walk to go with four Ks. He probably could’ve pitched more but was taken out for Araki in the top of the sixth who keyed the inning that lead to the winning runs.
  • The Swallows head to Shizuoka to play the Giants in a two game home away from home series that will end with a single Jingu game on Sunday.
  • Tonight’s game was the only CL game of the night. The result dropped the Dragons into last place, and the Swallows took sole possession of fourth.
  • Yamanaka is the announced starter for tomorrow’s game for the Birds. The Giants will counter with Sugano.
Furuno got to 4-0 on five innings of work.

Furuno got to 4-0 on five innings of work.

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.