Apr 20th 2016, @ Hanshin

April 20th, 2016

Tokyo Swallows 5Clean Hanshin Tigers Logo

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Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WWWLW

(Koshien Stadium)

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W: Yamanaka (1-0) L: Moriya (0-1)

A quality start from Yamanaka, shutdown bullpen work, timely hitting; your 2016 Swallows are beginning to take shape and gain momentum.

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Yokota (RF)
2Kawabata (3B)2Yamato (CF)
3Yamada (2B)3Egoshi (RF)
4Balentien (LF)4Gomez (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Toritani (SS)
6Imanami (1B)6Nishioka (2B)
7Nishiura (SS)7Imanari (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Shimizu (C)
9Yamanaka (P)9Moriya (SP)

Yamanaka started for the first time this season and was excellent throughout his six innings of work, consistently getting the Hanshin bats to swing and miss as he racked up five Ks, while allowing just the solitary run off six hits.

Meanwhile the 22 year old second year Kouki Moriya was making his first top team start for Hanshin, and he fared a touch worse. Tokyo got to the youngster early in the top of the 2nd, with singles from Imanami, Nishiura, and Nakamura juicing the bases. After Yamanaka struck out, Sakaguchi singled up the middle to bring home two men for 2-0 Tokyo.

The only blemish on Yamanaka’s scorecard came in bottom of the frame, as Gomez got hold of an inside breaking ball, sending it just over the fence in left to make it 2-1.

Sakaguchi was once again doing good things in the 4th, following up a Nakamura walk and Yamanaka sac bunt with a RBI double to once more extend the lead to two. 3-1.

Then it was 4-1 in the 5th as Yamada launched an absolute bomb deep into the stands in left, his fifth of the year.

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Boom biddy bye bye

The inning’s scoring wasn’t quite done yet, as singles from Balentien and Yuhei plus a walk for Imanami finally knocked Moriya out of the game, with Saiuchi getting the call from the bullpen. He continued the theme however, walking Nishiura to score what would be the Swallows’ final run of the game, 5-1.

After Yamanaka was done, Askiyoshi, Lueke, and Ondrusek all did their jobs putting up consecutive goose eggs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, and we had ourselves a “sit the fuck down Hanshin” 5-1 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • Yamanaka’s final line: 6 IP / 99 NP / 6 H / 5 K / 0 BB / 1 HBP / 1 ER. Welcome back Hirofumi, we’ve missed you.
  • Following Yamanaka’s return, the upcoming starting rotation looks to be something along the lines of: Ogawa, Ishikawa, Arakaki, Hara.
  • A name not mentioned in the above list was Shohei Tateyama. This is because a) he’s been terrible so far this year and, b) he underwent ANOTHER elbow surgery on Wednesday, and will take at least six weeks to recover. So we’ll see you for the comeback sometime in August then Shohei?
  • After a rocky start to 2016, Akiyoshi looked to have got his good stuff back this evening, striking out two of the three men he faced in the 7th.
  • Tomorrow’s rubber match will see the aforementioned Ogawa take on the roly-poly king Messenger.
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