Apr 14th 2016, vs Yomiuri

April 14th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

 All’s well that ends well. Ogawa ended up having his worst start of the season but the offense and bullpen had a good night and the Swallows triumphed over the Giants in a see-saw game.

W: Lueke (1-0)
L: Yamaguchi (0-1)

 Giants Swallows
1Soichiro Tateoka (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Ysuyuki Kataoka (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Hisayoshi Ch*no (RF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Luis Cruz (SS)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Shuichi Murata (3B)6Ryosuke Morioka (1B)
7Daisuke Nakai (1B)7Ryota Yachi (SS)
8Seiji Kobayashi (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Hayato Takagi (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Ogawa gave up an early lead to the Giants by giving up a solo shot to Ch*no. 1-0 Giants It was Ch*no’s 100th homer in his dirty dirty career.

Ogawa settled down after that and was looking like an ace. Takagi looked bit wild but kept the lead through the first two innings. Ogawa lead off the bottom of the third with a single. Takagi gave up walks to Sakaguchi and Yamada to load the bases with one out. Balentien proceeded to ground out to short, but Cruz missed a tricky throw to second allowing the Swallows to tie the game and keep the bases loaded. 1-1 All Yuhei followed with a single the other way that just squirted past a diving Cruz for go-ahead runs. 3-1 Swallows

Ogawa cruised into the sixth inning but things suddenly got hairy. Kataoka lead off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a Ch*no ground out. Cruz brought Kataoka home with a single to left. 3-2 Swallows After Kamei grounded out and advanced Cruz to second, Ogawa pitched around Murata to face Nakai who also drew a walk to load the bases for Kobayashi. Kobayashi who has hit exceptionally well against the Swallows (.500 AVG and all 9 of his RBIs have come against the Birds) retook the lead for the Giants with a double to left. 4-3 Giants The double knocked Ogawa out of the game and Akiyoshi came in to mop things up. The Giants brought out Sakamoto to face Akiyoshi, but Akiyoshi managed to get away with a hard hit line out to Yamada.

The Giants brought out Tone to start the bottom of the inning. Coco lead off the inning by muscling an outside pitch the other way into the stands to tie the game. 4-4 All The Swallows managed to get men on the corners with two out against Tone, but couldn’t retake the lead against him.

Lueke came in and pitched a perfect seventh. Yamaguchi pitched the seventh for the Giants and gave up a single to Yamada after getting two quick outs. Balentien made Yamaguchi pay with a double to center with Yamada running all the way home. 5-4 Swallows

Lueke pitched a clean eighth despite giving up a single to Murata. Mathieson came in to pitch the eighth for the Giants. Yachi drew a one out walk and was bunted over to second by Nakamura. Hiyane got a hit to put men on the corners and managed to steal second while Sakaguchi battled at the plate. Sakaguchi hit a well placed grounder to short for an infield single to score an insurance run. 6-4 Swallows unfortunately an overeager Hiyane got caught on the bases to snuff out any further scoring.

Ondrusek came in to close out the game but things got a bit bumpy. Logan gave up a lead off walk to Matsumoto, and Aikawa followed with a single up the middle to put two men on with no outs. The Giants brought out ALL STAR PINCH RUNNER Suzuki to run for Aikawa. Tateoka laid down a bunt to Ondrusek, whose throw to first took the man off the bag but was luckily called out. Kataoka followed with a grounder right to the first baseman for an out. Matsumoto had started running on contact, but hesitated and got caught in a run down. The Giants’ fate was sealed when ALL STAR PINCH RUNNER Suzuki decided to loiter around third base ensuring any attempts by Matsumoto to force an error around third would be futile. Matsumoto gave himself up and the Giants chance fizzled with a wimper. 6-4 Swallows FINAL

ALL HAIL ALL STAR PINCH RUNNER Suzuki and his loitering at third.

All hail! ALL-STAR PINCH RUNNER Suzuki and his loitering at third.

Random Notes

  • Garrett Jones was scratched from the Giants lineup citing unspecified injuries.
  • The team announced after the game that Hatake would be removed from the active roster. Hatake had been out of the lineup for the Giants series citing a back injury.
  • Ren Kazahari was called up after Tateyama was demoted prior to tonight’s game.
  • Tonight’s third base umpire, Norihiro Akimura, officiated his 1500th game. Akimura became an ump after an unremarkable 7 year career with the Carp and the Fighters.
  • The Swallows managed to get a run from all four Giants pitchers.
  • Yamaguchi gave up a run to the Swallows for the first time since September 20, 2014. Yamaguchi held the Swallows without a run in 11 appearances in 2015.
  • The Swallows will have the day off tomorrow before facing the Baystars in a pair of home-away-from-home games in Matsuyama.
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.