Jun 30th 2015, vs Hanshin

June 30th, 2015

Hanshin Tigers 3

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 2  Last 5: WWLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Ondrusek (4-1 / 2.15 ERA)
L: Fukuhara (4-3 / 1.30)
S: Barnette (18 S / 0.53)

Ohbiki was the hero as he drove in three of the Swallows four runs, coming up clutch in a way previously unseen in his injury affected 2015. Hopefully this was a sign of some more good things to come with the bat from the free agent signing this season.

150630 Ohbiki Hero


 Tigers Swallows
1Uemoto (2B)1Yamada (2B)
2Yamato (CF)2Araki (RF)
3Fukudome (RF)3Kawabata (3B)
4Gomez (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Murton (LF)5Dening (LF)
6Imanari (3B)6Ohbiki (SS)
7Toritani (SS)7Yuhei (CF)
8Tsuruoka (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Iwata (LHP)9Ogawa (RHP)

After ending his barren winless spell last week, starter Ogawa returned to the glamorous Tuesday night slot, taking the mound against Hanshin starter Iwata. And though he wasn’t great, letting quite a few men on base in only the even numbered frames during his six innings of work, he only allowed two runs over that span. Those two runs came in the 4th, as two singles and a Toritani (who would go 4 for 4 for the evening) double to the wall in right centre made it 2-0 Hanshin.

Ogawa’s deficit was halved in the bottom of the inning, as Hatake blasted his 19th homer of the year to left to make it 2-1. And he was further aided by being able to strike out pitcher Iwata for the third out of those 2nd, 4th, and 6th troublesome innings, before the Swallows gave him a lead in the bottom of the 6th.

6th inning Ohbiki

6th inning Ohbiki

A Yamada single, Kawabata walk, and dead ball for Dening loaded the bases with two outs for Ohbiki, and the wee man hit one up the right foul line to bring home two to make it 3-2 Tokyo.

After Ogawa had departed the game, the familiar trio of Roman, Logan, and Tony were tasked with trying to give Ogawa his second win in as many starts, and the Swallows their second on the bounce.

Roman (1.30 ERA) did his job with a 1-2-3 7th before Logan stumbled in the 8th.

After allowing an infield single to Fake Ginger Jesus AKA Matt Murton, Ondrusek found himself with a man on second with two outs on the board. Next up was the red hot pest that is Toritani, and he hit a speedy grounder to first that Hatake got his body behind, with the ball rolling away from him a foot or two. He then fielded the ball and threw to the base covering Logan at first, but the pitcher couldn’t manage to glove the ball, with it bouncing out of his glove and into foul territory, with the tying run scoring on the hit => pitcher-error combo for 3-3. Ondrusek then composed himself well to strike out Tsuruoka to get out of the inning with the score tied.

8th inning Ohbiki

8th inning Ohbiki

Luckily for the big man, Ohbiki once again came to the rescue in the bottom of the inning against the Tigers’ veteran reliever Fukuhara. An Ueda (in for Araki) single, Kawabata walk, Hatake strike out, and pinch-hitting Morioka single loaded the bases for Keiji. And he obliged by poking one through the middle to bring home the go-ahead run, 4-3 Tokyo. But that is all Tokyo would get as Kawabata was tagged out at home, as was Ohbiki retreating to first after he had got a touch over exited making the turn.

All that was left was, as is becoming the norm, for Tony to come in for a swift perfect 9th, the air was punched and we had ourselves a lovely lovely 4-3 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • Ogawa’s final line: 6 IP / 98 NP / 7 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 2 ER,  his record remains at 4-4 with his ERA now at 2.99.
  • In addition to Ohbiki (.133), Araki (.273) and Yuhei (.241) also had two hit games, the latter of that trio showing real signs of coming out of the slump he was in for most of the Interleague schedule.
  • Tokyo had lost their last 7 games against Hanshin dating back to the home season opening series on April 2nd. The season series now stands at 8-3 in the Tigers’ favour.
  • With Yokohama and Yomiuri both also winning tonight, the Swallows remain in a tie for third postion in the CL with the BayStars, a mere two games back of Hanshin in “1st”.
  • Your birds finished June with 11-9 record for the month.
  • Tomorrow will see Naruse take the mound for Tokyo, facing off against Iwasada.

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