Jun 14th 2016, vs Softbank

June 14th, 2016

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4

Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

In a rematch of last year’s Nippon Series (remember when the Swallows played for the championship last year???) the Swallows overcame another terrible start by a pitcher and knocked off SoftBank in come from behind fashion.

W: Muranaka L: Suarez

 Softbank Tokyo
1Imamiya (SS)1Ohbiki (SS)
2Honda (2B)2Sakaguchi (CF)
3Yanagita (CF)3Kawabata (3B)
4Uchikawa (1B)4Yamada (2B)
5Matsuda (3B)5Balentien (LF)
6Nakamura (LF)6Jae-Hoon (RF)
7Kidokoro (RF)7Nishida (1B)
8Tsuruoka (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Yamada (P)9Arakaki (P)

The starters for this game were Arakaki for the Swallows, Yamada for SoftBank. A small deal was made about the fact that Arakaki was making his first start against his old ball club. Unfortunately for Arakaki, it was a start to forget; two innings, two hits, no strikeouts, four walks, and a wild pitch. Naruse stepped in from his new relief role to somewhat calm the waters over his 4 1/3 innings of work before Lueke, Muranaka, Ondrusek finished off the game.

Luckily for the Swallows, SoftBank starter Yamada had a stinker of his own and kept the Swallows in the game.

SoftBank were led on offense by Uchikawa and Yanagita while the Swallows bats came alive with five players collecting two hits each. Of the twelve total hits by the Swallows, none were bigger than Nakamura’s two run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 6-4 come from behind win.

News and Notes

  • Starters for the second game: Furuno for Tokyo, Wada for SoftBank
  • Hatakeyama was deactivated from the active roster on the 13th with a wrist injury. Expect to see more Nishida at first base after Imanami’s recent slump.
  • Yamada hit fourth for the first time in eleven months. He walked three times and stole a base.