Jun 8th 2016, @ Tohoku

June 8th 2016

Tokyo Swallows 10
Tohoku Golden Eagles 3

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLLLW

(Miyagi Stadium)

W: Muranaka ( 2-1 ; 2.81 ERA )
L: Liz ( 0-3 ; 6.94 )

The Swallows managed to snap their losing streak at six games using the novel concept of restricting the amount of runs the opposition are allowed to score. In fact the last time the Tokyo pitching corps restricted the opposition to three or less runs over the distance was way back on May 20th, and since then the birds had gone 4-11 coming into this evening.

 Tokyo Tohoku
1Ohbiki (SS)1Okajima (RF)
2Sakaguchi (LF)2Fujita (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Mogi (SS)
4Balentien (DH)4Masuda (DH)
5Kawabata (3B)5Ginji (1B)
6Hatakeyama (1B)6Wheeler (3B)
7Yuhei (RF)7Hijirisawa (LF)
8Jaehoon (CF)8Adachi (C)
9Nakamura (C)9Okoe (CF)

With the erratic Arakaki getting the start for Tokyo, the bats got on top of his opposite number Liz in the top of the 1st, with two walks and a single loading the bases with no outs. After Balentien and Kawabata both struck out, an infield hit from Hatake and bases loaded walk for Yuhei brought home one run apiece, 2-0 Tokyo.

After a 1-2-3 1st, Arakaki coughed up the lead in the 2nd, and just like the Swallows 1st inning, two walks and single loaded the bases with no outs, and two subsequent singles tied the game at 2-2.

In the top of the 3rd, generosity prevailed once more, as a single and another two walks again loaded the bases with no outs on the board. Yuhei came through once more with a single up the middle to bring home two for 4-2.

Then in the 5th, a single, walk, single sequence for the Eagles narrowed the lead to 4-3, with men on the corners and one out. Manaka then moved to switch Arakaki not giving him the chance to be the latest starting pitcher to implode in a cloud of runs, with Muranaka entering the game to get an inning-ending double-play grounder to short.

From then on it was all Tokyo against the Tohoku bullpen. In the 6th, two singles and a walk loaded the bases once more, and run-scoring walks from Kawabata and Hatake, followed by an infield single from Yuhei added three to make it 7-3.

And the scoring came to a close in the 7th, as two singles and a Yamada three run homer to left (no.19 for the season) made it 10-3.



As for the Swallows’ relief pitching, Muranaka, Lueke, Akiyoshi (despite loading the bases with one out via two singles and a walk), and Ondrusek each put up zeroes from the 6th-9th frames and we had ourselves a “we need a fair few more of these before faith is restored”  10-3 Tokyo Final.

Flowers for Sakaguchi

Flowers for Sakaguchi

Game Notage

  • Recent signing Ha Jae-Hoon made his first appearance for the Swallows, starting in CF and batting 8th. You’ll notice this is the first time I’ve written his name (aside from the lineup), and that’s because he went 0 for 4 before being pinch-hit for by Hiyane in the 8th (who hit a triple). I wish he were a pitcher.
  • Sakaguchi went 3 for 6 hitting three singles, the first of which was his career 1000th hit. Congratulations Tomotaka!
  • Yuhei was the RBI king, bringing home 4 RBIs and making up a tiny bit for his recent wastefulness.
  • Tohoku pitchers gave 9 free passes to first in this one.
  • Tomorrow will see Tokyo trying to win it’s first series of this godforsaken Interleague. In a graphic illustration of just how bad things are on the starting pitcher front, Furuno will get the start for the Swallows, going up against Mima. Tune in if you dare.
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