Apr 3rd 2016, vs. Chunichi

April 3rd, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: WDWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo followed up its biggest win of the season so far with a close, but lackluster loss, mainly to Drew Naylor, who continued making his mark at Tokyo’s expense*.

W: Naylor (1-0-0); L: Hara (0-1-0); S: Fukutani (0-0-3)

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Oshima (CF)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Araki (2B)2Kawabata (3B)
3Hirata (RF)3Yamada (2B)
4Viciedo (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Nanita (LF)5Yuhei (RF)
6Takahashi (3B)6Balentien (LF)
7Donoue (SS)7Imanami (SS)
8Katsura (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Naylor (RHP)9Hara (RHP)
RPOgawa (L), Tajima (R), Fukutani (R)RPAkiyoshi (R), Muranaka (L)

The Scoring:

The Swallows stranded nine runners in a game where the offensive production came mainly in one sixth-inning burst. The Dragons won on the back of a key Katsura home run in the seventh.

Top of the fourth. Araki doubled, then Hara walked Hirata. Viciedo hit an RBI single. 1-0 Chunichi.

Bottom of the sixth. The Birds gave Oshima a workout. Sakaguchi led off with a single to center. Kawabata followed that up with a line-drive double, which was then followed by a deep Yamada double to center, driving in two runs. 2-1 Tokyo.

Top of the seventh, one out. Takahashi singled to right. Donoue struck out, Then Hara threw a cutter right over the center of the plate and Katsura hit it into the first rows of the left field bleachers. 3-2 Chunichi, Final.

In his first appearance of the season, Coco Balentien went 1 for 4, with two strike out and a double.

Juri Hara took the loss in his first decision of the season, with a seven-inning, 92-pitch, six-hit performance. Akiyoshi put in a solid 1 1/3 innings, but Muranaka made Tokyo sweat, giving up two hits in his 2/3 of an inning on the mound.

The Swallows head down to Hiroshima on Tuesday.

* Naylor notched his first NPB win last August against the Swallows, a game in which he also hit a solo home run.