Oct 14th 2015, CL Climax Series Final Stage – vs Yomiuri (Game 1)

October 14th, 2015

FYGYomiuri Giants 4

Tokyo Swallows 1

Series tied at 1-1

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Utsumi (1-0 / 1.93 ERA); L: Ishikawa (0-1 / 3.60); S: Sawamura (1 S / 0.00)

A one week break and possible playoff nerves resulted in a toothless offense stuck in first gear as the Swallows fell in game one of the Central League Climax Final Stage to the hated Gomiuri 4-1.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Tateoka (CF)1Ueda (CF)
2Ibata (2B)2Kawabata (3B)
3Sakamoto (SS)3Yamada (2B)
4Abe (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5C***o (RF)5Balentien (LF)
6Murata (3B)6Yuhei (RF)
7Kamei (LF)7Ohbiki (SS)
8Katoh (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Utsumi (P)9Ishikawa (P)

Hosting its first home climax series game since 2011, Jingu Stadium was buzzing for game one of the Climax Series Final Stage against the Gomiuri Giants. Starters for this game were Ishikawa for the Swallows and Utsumi for the hated ones.

The Swallows had a great, early opportunity to jump on Utsumi when Ueda and Kawabata reached base to start the inning. However, Yamada popped out, Ueda was unable to score on a subsequent Hatake single, and Balentien grounded into an inning ending double play.

Manaka ponders

Manaka ponders

As both pitchers started to become more comfortable, Lord Hatake broke the deadlock in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left. That was all the offense generated by the Swallows despite going up against a pitcher who made only five starts on the season.

Ishikawa was far from perfect but had managed to get out of jams until the fifth inning when he gave up a two run home run on a 3-1 pitch to Sakamoto. He left a sinker up in the zone and the brat Sakamoto made him pay for the mistake.

Gomiuri added two more runs against Roman in the top of the sixth. After hitting lead off hitter Murata, Roman gave up a single to Kamei before Koyabashi put down a perfect sacrifice bunt for runners at second and third with only one out. Pinch hitter Leslie Anderson then hit a two run single to right to make it 4-1 Gomiuri.

The Swallows threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ohbiki and Nakamura reached against the Canadian Mathieson. Like all other frames in this game however,  nothing came of the chance as the Swallows ultimately lost 4-1.

Both teams will go at it again on Thursday night at Jingu Stadium. Ryan Ogawa starts for the Swallows, Mikolas for the Giants and the series tied at one game each (with Tokyo’s one game coming courtesy of their CL Champions “one game advantage”).

An unusual play: there was a scene in the game when Gomiuri right fielder hit a ball to center field which Swallows center fielder trapped against the wall and pretended to catch. Unfortunately for Chono, the sloth Abe was the runner at first and Chono somehow passed him on the base paths, automatically getting called out. What a moron.