Jul 1st 2015, vs Hanshin

July 1st, 2015

Hanshin Tigers 4

Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Naruse
L: Saiuchi`
S: Barnette

Naruse won for the first time since May and Mitch Dening came through with a clutch hit as the Swallows continued their winning ways against the Tigers. 


 Swallows Tigers
1Yamada (2B)1Uemoto (2B)
2Araki (RF)2Yamato (CF)
3Kawabata (3B)3Kanou (RF)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Gomez (1B)
5Dening (LF)5Murton (LF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Toritani (SS)
7Yuhei (CF)7Arai (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Umeno (C)
9Naruse (P)9Iwasada (P)

Hanshin got an early jump in the second inning on a solo home run by Matt Murton. Only his third of the season but second in two weeks against the Swallows. 1-0 Tigers

The Swallows answered in the bottom of the third all with two out. After Yamada and a Araki walked back to back, Kawabata singled to center to tie the game. Lord Hatake then followed with a base clearing two-run double to take the lead. 3-1 Swallows

In the top of the fourth inning, the Tigers quickly tied the game on a two run home run by light hitting catcher Umeno. After the second home run given up by Naruse, he took control of the game and settled down. 3-3 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Swallows scrapped together a run to take the lead. After Yamada and Hatakeyama walked, Mitch Dening stepped up to the plate with two out and muscled a singled to right for the go ahead run. 4-3 Swallows

In the bottom of the sixth inning with a man on base, Yamada hit what he called his best hit of the year; a no doubt blast into the left field seats. 6-3 Swallows

In the eighth inning, Gomez hit a consolation solo home run. 6-4 Swallows

Game notes:

Naruse gave up three runs in six innings for first win in since May 28th vs Nippon Ham. He said afterward that despite giving up two home runs, he was happy with his performance and that winning makes him happy.

The Swallows are now within one game of the Tigers and one game under .500.

The sixth inning home run by Yamada was his fifteenth of season. 

The Swallows are 6-1 in their last seven games.

Starters for Thursday game are Yamanaka for the Swallows (coming off his first career victory against Seibu) and Nohmi for the Tigers. 

Yamada follows through on his sixth inning long ball