Apr 24th 2016, @ Chunichi

April 24th, 2016

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Chunichi Dragons 5

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL

(Nagoya Dome)

Juri Hara came into the day looking to get his first career win. He managed to pitch arguably his best game of his young pro career, but it was undone by Josh Lueke’s first wobble of the season.

W: Okada (1-1);
L: Lueke (1-1);
S: Fukutani (5)

 Swallows Dragons
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Yohei Oshima (CF)
2Shingo Kawabata (3B)2Naomichi Donoue (SS)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Shuhei Takahashi (3B)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Dayan Viciedo (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Ricardo Nanita (LF)
6Keiji Obiki (SS)6Ryosuke Hirata (RF)
7Shinichi Takeuchi (1B)7Tetsuya Tani (2B)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Shota Sugiyama (C)
9Juri Hara (P)9Drew Naylor (P)

The Swallows staked an early lead for Hara in the first inning. Kawabata got an one-out single in the first inning and Yamada promptly followed with his seventh homer of the season. 2-0 Swallows

Hara started off his day by giving up a triple to Oshima. Donoue walked to put men on the corners for Takahashi. Takahashi grounded out to short to score a run, but Viciedo grounded into a double play to kill any momentum. 2-1 Swallows

The Swallows struck again in the third as Naylor walked Yamada with one out. Naylor uncorked a wild pitch to get Yamada to second and he came home on a Yuhei single. 3-1 Swallows

Both Naylor and Hara pitched well the rest of the way. While they both allowed baserunners, they never carried more than one thanks to some timely double plays and strikeouts. Hara pitched six whole innings before he handed it off to Akiyoshi.

Akiyoshi pitched a clean seventh and Lueke came in to pitch the eighth. Lueke had a 0.00 ERA in 11 games this season. Lueke allowed a single to Fujii to lead off the inning. After managing to get Oshima to ground out to short. Lueke struggled to find the strike zone and walked Donoue and Takahashi back-to-back to load the bases. Lueke’s control issues continued into Viciedo’s at bat and Viciedo belted a hanging 3-1 forkball into the left field stands. 5-3 Dragons

Dayan Viciedo looks to be the best Dragons import since Tony Blanco

Dayan Viciedo looks to be the best Dragons import since Tony Blanco

Lueke managed to get two strikeouts to end the inning but not before giving up a single to Hirata.

The Swallows put some pressure on Fukutani who pitched a less than perfect ninth yesterday. However, Hiroyasu wasn’t able to do much with two outs and men on the corners and the Swallows ended up dropping two in Nagoya. 5-3 Dragons FINAL


  • Wladimir Balentien came out of the game in the bottom of the first after he tweaked something chasing down Oshima’s triple. After the game Coco seemed optimistic that it was nothing serious and he’d be available for Tuesday.
  • Yamada stole his seventh base of the season in the fifth after he drew his second walk of the game.
  • The Swallows head back to Tokyo and will face the Carp and Giants for a six game homestand.
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