May 12th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

May 12th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WWLWW

(Jingu Stadium)

W: Akiyoshi L: Imamura

For the second straight game against Hiroshima, the Swallows gave up an early lead but came out on top at the end.

 Tokyo Hiroshima
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Tanaka (SS)
2Kawabata (3B)2Kikuchi (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Maru (CF)
4Balentien (LF)4Arai (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Matsuyama (LF)
6Hatakeyama (1B)6Suzuki (RF)
7Ohbiki (SS)7Abe (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Aizawa (C)
9Ogawa (SP)9Kuri (SP)

This was the final game of the three game series at Jingu between the Swallows and Hiroshima.

Kuri started for Hiroshima, Ryan Ogawa started for the Swallows.

Hiroshima got off to an early lead in the first inning thanks to an Arai RBI double. 2-0 Hiroshima

The Swallows immediately responded in the bottom of the first on an Yamada sacrifice fly. 2-1 Hiroshima

Hiroshima added a run in the second inning on a double play. 3-1 Hiroshima

The Swallows bats finally woke up in the seventh inning on a solo home run by Balentien. 3-2 Hiroshima

Coming on as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, Hiyane changed the game with his speed. In the eighth inning with the Swallows down 3-2, he immediately stole second and third base before scoring on a Kawabata RBI ground out to tie the game. 3-3 Tie

In the extra frame, the Swallows best late inning clutch hitter Nakamura started the inning with a single and Hiyane successfully bunted him over to third. Sakaguchi won it for the Swallows with his game winning sacrifice fly. 4-3 Swallows walk off win

News and Notes:

  • This was Sakaguchi’s first walk-off in his fourteen year career.
  • Sakaguchi after the game: “I thought the fly ball was a little shallows but we were able to win thanks to the hard running of Mucho (Nakamura) and Hiyane.”