Jul 7th 2015, @ Yomiuri

July 7th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 4FYG

Yomiuri Giants 5

Last 5: WWLLL  Streak: Lost 3

(Tokyo Stain Dome)

W: Miyaguni
L: Ogawa (4-5 / 3.28 ERA)
S: Sawamura

What looked like a nice straightforward victory in the making turned into a painful narrow defeat after a 6th inning Ogawa meltdown.

 Tokyo Yomiuri
1Yamada (2B)1Tateoka (CF) (CF)
2Ueda (CF)2Ibata (2B)
3Kawabata (3B)3Sakamoto (SS)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Kamei (LF)
5Dening (LF)5Ch*no (RF)
6Yuhei (RF)6Abe (1B)
7Ohbiki (SS)7Murata (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Ogawa (P)9Takagi (P)

Tokyo got on top of opposing starter Takagi, who would labour throughout the evening, in the top of the 1st, with Ueda getting on base with a single before being brought home from second by a Dening infield hit. 1-0 Tokyo.

Piggy overlord registered the opposition’s first hit of the evening in the 2nd, hitting one just over the wall in right which made it 1-1.

In the 3rd, Yamada got on with a single to left, and was later cashed-in by a Hatake sac fly. 2-1 Tokyo.

And the lead was extended in the 4th, with a Murata error allowing Yuhei to reach first, before a Nakamura single and Ogawa sac bunt put two men in scoring position for Yamada. He delivered with a hit to centre to add two more runs, 4-1.

So far so good, but that would all change in the 6th.

After giving up just two hits over the first five frames, Ogawa hit a brick wall. He began by giving up a single to Tateoka, who would then steal second, before getting Ibata to fly out to right. The key moment of the inning came next, as Sakamoto worked a nine pitch walk to put two men on. After that mini battle, Ogawa never looked the same, allowing a single to Kamei to load the bases, before a bases clearing triple from Ch*no tied things up at 4-4. Alas the shit storm was not quite over, as the piggy overlord returned to hit a fly ball to left, good enough to bring home the go ahead run. 5-4 orange chumps.

And that was pretty much that, as Tokyo’s bats mustered nothing against the assortment of goons from the oppositions bullpen. Game. Set. Shit.

Game Notage

  • Ogawa’s final line: 6 IP / 94 NP / 5 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 5 ER. That 6th inning, that 6th inning……
  • Roman (1.24 ERA) and Ondrusek (2.27) did their usual thing, tossing a scoreless inning apiece in relief.
  • Yamada stole two bases tonight, making it a CL leading 14 for the year.
  • In more positive news, despite being insultingly left off the CL All Star team by Uber-Chump Tatsunori Hara, Hatakeyama was named the league’s monthly MVP for June. In review: In the month of six, he went 28-for-74, hit 8 homers, with 23 RBIs and a .378 batting average. Congratulations Hatake!

150707 Hatake MVP

  • If I never have to watch another G+ TV broadcast again it will be too soon.
  • Tomorrow will see the last of the two-and-done series at the stain dome, with Naruse taking on another slightly faded ex-PL star Sugiuchi on the mound. I shall not be watching (see the previous point).
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