July 28th, 2016
Hanshin Tigers 10
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL
Welcome back to sixth place baseball as he Swallows got swept in Osaka and dropped their fifth straight game to the Tigers. Of the Tigers 8 wins in July, 5 have come from the Birds.
|W: Aoyagi (3-2)
L: Ogawa (4-5)
|1||Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)||1||Shun Takayama (LF)|
|2||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)||2||Fumiya Araki (2B)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||Taiga Egoshi (CF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Kosuke Fukudome (RF)|
|5||Takahiro Imanami (3B)||5||Fumihito Haraguchi (C)|
|6||Keiji Obiki (SS)||6||Mauro Gomez (1B)|
|7||Ryosuke Morioka (1B)||7||Ryota Arai (3B)|
|8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||8||Fumiya Hojo (SS)|
|9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (SP)||9||Koyo Aoyagi (SP)|
You know it’s sixth place baseball when Tsuyoshi Ueda and Ryosuke Morioka are making starts and are supposed to fill in for Shingo Kawabata and Kazuhiro Hatakeyama.
The Swallows struck first in the fourth inning. Yamada singled, stole seond and came home on a Coco single. 1-0 Swallows
After looking OK through the first three innings, Ogawa imploded in the fourth and fifth innings giving up 9 combined runs. Ogawa gave up 6 extra base hits in those two innings including two homers to Mauro Gomez. 9-1 Tigers
The Tigers gifted the Swallows three runs in the sixth as Aoyagi and Ando combined for a whopping five walks to push in two runs. The Swallows managed to get another run on a Morioka ground out for a combined three runs on ZERO hits in the inning. 9-4 Tigers
A Nishiura lead off double in the seventh turned into a run thanks to a Sakaguchi single. 9-5 Tigers
Hojo, Toritani, and Maeda smacked around Hirai for an extra run in the eighth to put a cherry on top of the humiliation. 10-5 Tigers FINAL
- Naruse pitched two scoreless innings between Ogawa and Hirai although he gave up two hits and two walks.
- Totally random Tigers trivia: Tigers starter Aoyagi’s mother works as a Yakult lady and he has a brother that works for Yakult (in a non-baseball capacity). Perhaps that explains his sixth inning.
- Th Swallows will travel back to Tokyo to face the Giants in the (con)dome. Kyle Davies will make the star tomorrow and will face Utsumi. While the two teams have split the season series 7-7 so far, the Swallows have lost all six games they’ve played in the Tokyo Dome this season.