Aug 29th 2015, @ Hanshin

Aug 29th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 8Clean Hanshin Tigers Logo

Hanshin Tigers 4

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWWLW

(Koshien Stadium)

Yamada notched three RBI and was a double short of the cycle as your birds broke this game open late.

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W: Akiyoshi (6-1, 2.87 ERA)
L: Messenger (8-11, 3.21)

After an embarrassing game the night before, it was time to get the offense back on track.

TokyoOrderHanshin
Hiyane (CF)1Toritani (SS)
Kawabata (3B)2Uemoto (2B)
Yamada (2B)3Fukudome (RF)
Hatakeyama (1B)4Gomez (1B)
Yuhei (RF)5Murton (LF)
Milledge (LF)6Imanari (3B)
Ohbiki (SS)7Itoh (CF)
Nakamura (C)8Fujii (C)
Ishiyama (P)9Messenger (P)

Tokyo scored first in the top of the first when Hiyane’s leadoff single was capitalized on two outs later care of a Hatakeyama single to center.

1-0 Tokyo

But Ishiyama quickly surrendered the lead. Toritani’s leadoff double set the stage for a Fukudome RBI single with one out.

1-1

Hanshin starter, Randy Messenger, settled down after that and only allowed three base runners from the second through the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, the home team manufactured another the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth with consecutive two-out singles from Imanari, Itoh, and Fujii.

1-2 Hanshin

Messenger finally ran into trouble in the eighth. Imanami singled to start, and Hiyane Tak-bunted him over. Imanami scored from second on Kawabata’s ensuing double to center, and Yamada collected his first RBI of the game with a triple on the next pitch. Bye-bye, Messenger. Hello, Fukuhara.

3-2 Tokyo

Fukuhara promptly walked Hatakeyama, putting runners on the corners, and Yamada scored on Yuhei’s sac fly to center.

4-2 Tokyo

Hatakeyama made it to third on Milledge’s single to right, and pinch runner, Miwa, stole second during Yuichi’s pinch hit at-bat. Yuichi made Fukuhara pay on a 2-1 heater which the former plopped in left field and allowed both runners to score.

6-2 Tokyo

Yamada rips an RBI triple in the 8th and sends Messenger packing.

Yamada rips an RBI triple in the 8th and sends Messenger packing.

Tokyo scored a couple more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Imanami again led off with a single, and Hiyane again Tak-bunted him over. With two outs, Yamada took Hanshin reliever, Futagami, yard with his 33rd home run of the season on a hanging 2-0 slider.

8-2 Tokyo

Tokuyama gave up a homer of his own in the bottom of the ninth. Two runs scored, but Fukudome, the same man who drove in Hanshin’s first run, popped out to center to put the kaibosh on a comeback.

8-4 FINAL

Ishiyama (3.60 ERA) didn’t factor into the final decision but deserves credit for six decent innings during which he allowed two earned runs from seven hits. He threw 100 pitches, struck out three, and walked three.

Kyuko (0.98 ERA) and Akiyoshi (2.87) combined for a scoreless seventh with the latter eventually getting the win. He’s now 6-1 after 58 appearances so far this season.

Ondrusek (2.51) pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Tokuyama (3.12) faced five batters in a two-run, garbage time ninth.

Yamada was the only Swallows starter that reached base more than once. He was 3-4 (single, triple, HR) with a walk and nine total bases.

Your Swallows remain in second place in the Central League, tied with Yomiuri. Both teams are two games behind Hanshin.

Game three of this series is scheduled for 6 PM tomorrow with Tateyama (3-2, 4.31 ERA) hoping to get his recovery back on track against Hanshin’s Iwazaki (3-5, 3.60).

Tateyama’s last win came against the Tigers on August 15th. It was the only time that he’s faced Hanshin this season. This will be the first time that he has started on a normal six days of rest this season. You may remember that he lasted just three innings in last week’s loss to Chunichi at Jingu Stadium.

Hanshin lead the season series against Tokyo 12-9.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini