Sep 18th 2015, vs Yomiuri

September 18th, 2015

FYGYomiuri Giants 6

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LDWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Coco was back! Ohbiki was back! Ogawa was starting! The Swallows essentially started their ideal lineup tonight and lost against Miles Mikolas and the Giants.

W: Mikolas (11-3);
L: Ogawa (10-8);
S: Sawamura (32)

 Giants Swallows
1Hisayoshi Chono (CF)1Wataru Hiyane (CF)
2Soichiro Tateoka (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Leslie Anderson (LF)5Wladimir Balentien (LF)
6Shuichi Murata (3B)6Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
7Yoshiyuki Kamei (RF)7Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
8Seiji Kobayashi (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9MIles Mikolas (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

The Giants got on the board first when Leslie Anderson jacked a hanging fork ball into the right field stands in the second inning. 1-0 Giants

The Swallows finally got on the board by taking the patient approach against Mikolas. Hatake drew an one-out seven-pitch walk to start things off. Balentien followed with his first hit of the season, a first-pitch single up the middle to put two men on. Yuhei delivered with a liner to center that score Hatake. 1-1 All

Unfortunately it all went to shit in the next frame. Kobayashi got a one-out single and Mikolas went to bunt him over the second. Unfortunately Hatake’s attempt to get the double play went wide and the situation became one out with two men on. The runners advanced on a Chono ground out and bothcame home on a Tateoka double. 3-1 Giants

Ogawa got out of the inning without further damage but he completely lost it in the next inning. Ogawa started off the sixth inning with back-to-back walks to Abe and Anderson on just nine pitches. The Giants then got Murata to show bunt (!?) for a few pitches before he pulled it back and grounded into a double play. Then another set of back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Mikolas. Mikolas came out swinging and managed to connect for a single to left to score two. 5-1 Giants Matsuoka relieved Ogawa and gave up a single to Chono for another run. 6-1 Giants

Which brings us to the ultimate point of this post. Which is to answer the question, how did Coco look? Balentien showed no sign of injury unlike his last attempt at a comeback. If there was any doubt whether Balntien was ready to play he settled it with this shot.

744e29c8Coco rocked it the the other way with a man on first to bring the score into striking range. 6-3 Giants

Alas, that was all the Swallows offense could muster and the Swallows fell to the Giants. 6-3 Giants FINAL

The Tigers and Carp also lost so only the Giants gained ground on the Swallows who still sit atop the CL with a one game lead over both the Giants and Tigers. Tomorrow’s game will have Ishiyama face Otake at Jingu starting from 18:00.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.