July 13th 2016, vs. Hanshin

July 13th 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Dolis (3-2)
L: Perez (2-2)


 Tigers Swallows
1Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2B)1Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
2Takashi Toritani (SS)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Taiga Egoshi (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Kosuke Fukudome (RF)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Mauro Gomez (1B)5Wladimir Balentien (LF)
6Shun Takayama (LF)6Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
7Fumiya Hojo (3B)7Akihisa Nishida (1B)
8Ryutaro Umeno (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Suguru Iwazaki (SP)9Shohei Tateyama (SP)

Tateyama made his second start of his comecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomecomeback and pitched five innings of pretty fortunate bend but somehow not break two run baseball. His final line: 5 IP | 91 NP | 10 H | 3 K | 2 BB | 2 ER. His first run came in the 2nd off a walk and go-ahead double, and the lead was doubled in the top of the 5th by a solo shot from the glorious man pictured above. 2-0 Kosuke Fukudome.

After managing just two hits off Tigers’ started Iwazaki over the first four innings, Tokyo finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th, Nishida hitting his 4th homer of the season to make it 2-1.

And they drew level in the 7th against the Hanshin bullpen, with an Imanami single, Nishiura sacbunt, and Sakaguchi timely single tying things up at 2-2.

Following that the two teams didn’t muster much against their respective bullpens as we entered extra frames in an increasingly humid Jingu. That is until Perez entered the game in the 11th, allowing a walk, single, and ultimately game-winning two-run double to yes, that glorious man once again, 4-2 Kosuke Fukudome.

Tonight was half price beer night at Jingu, which meant all draft beers were just 350 yen, and thus the stadium was packed with almost 30,000 folks to take in the Swallows last game before the All Star break. And the majority of those now pretty tipsy 30,000 (the ones with a soul) got pretty exited when Nishida started the bottom of the 11th with a single, imagining both another come back and a possible extra inning of cheap beer. But alas, it wasn’t to be, as next man up Nakamura stabbed the potential rally in the chest, hitting into a double play which effectively made it a I’m so very drunk and sweaty and now miserable to boot 4-2 Kosuke Fukudome Final.

The non-All Star Swallows now get a nice break and a chance to have a long think about their 6th place status, and thank their lucky stars that they’re somehow only 3.5 games back of a playoff slot. Shitty CL we love you!

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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