Jun 2nd 2015, vs Tohoku

June 2nd, 2015

Tohoku Golden Eagles 3

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Furuno (2-0; 2.88 ERA)
L: Shiomi (2-3; 2.77)
S: Barnette (14S; 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000)

Furuno made it two impressive starts out of three for the season, while offensively the Swallows rode the Hatakexpress to victory over the Eagles.

Fukuda (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Fujita (2B)2Araki (RF)
Matsui (RF)3Kawabata (3B)
Nakagawa (1B)4Yuhei (RF)
Gotoh (SS)5Hatakeyama (1B)
Wheeler (1B)6Dening (LF)
Fernando (LF)7Nakamura (C)
Shima (C)8Nishiura (SS)
Shiomi (P)9Furuno (P)



With Furuno making his third start of the year for Tokyo, the game took an early swing in the Swallows’ favour in the 2nd. In the top of the inning, a single, Yamada fielder’s choice, and dead ball all combined to load the bases with no outs. Furuno was up to the task though, as a ground out to third, and a double play ball to second, with some nimble fielding from Yamada making up for his earlier lapse keeping the Eagles off the board.

And then in the bottom of the frame, after Yuhei game the Swallows their first base runner of the game with a single, Hatakeyama hit one over the fence to left to make it 2-0 Tokyo. A walk for Dening and single for Nakaumura followed, with the third run scoring on a wild pitch during Yamada’s at-bat, 3-0.

After his 2nd inning scare, Furuno had the Tohoku bats under complete control until the 5th, whereupon he gave up a solo shot to Shima for 3-1.

Hatake answered back with a solo long ball of his own in the 6th, another shot to left, and the three run lead was restored. 4-1.

Furuno finished his highly encouraging evening in the 7th by striking out the opposition’s 4-5-6 slots in order, his final line: 7 IP / 98 P / 3 H / 6 K / 0 BB / 1 HBP / 1 ER.

And so to the bullpen, with Ondrusek giving up a run off a walk, double, and single in the 8th for 4-2, which saw Roman enter the game with two outs and men on the corners. An RBI single followed (the run also charged to Logan) for Kazuo Matsui making things altogether more uncomfortable at 4-3, but Orlando got Nakagawa to line out to second to end both the inning and the Eagles rally.

All that was left was for Tony Barnette to throw his now customary scoreless 9th inning and we had ourselves a nice jolly little 4-3 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • Despite an apparent attempt to jinx it with our tweeting, Tony Barnette has still not given up a hit to a righty in 2015. Now 35 ABs and counting.
  • Not related to tonight in any way, but you should totally check out this gif for more evidence of why Tsubakuro is the finest in Japan.
  • Tonight’s two homers means Hatake’s total of 13 is good enough to put him top of the CL’s dinger standings.
  • Tonight’s win evened up the Swallows’ Interleague record at 3-3-1.
  • Tomorrow will see Arakaki take the mound for the Tokyo 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