August 31st, 2016
Yomiuri Giants 0
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW
|W: Ogawa (8W-5L ; 4.08 ERA)
9 IP | 127 NP | 5 H | 7 K | 3 BB | 0 ER
Yasuhiro Ogawa’s quite remarkable month of August came to an end as he registered his fourth win on the bounce, the last three of which all being of the complete game variety, with tonight’s being the proverbial cherry on top: a complete game shut-out. All hail the return of Ogawa the Ace.
|1||Sakaguchi (CF)||1||C***o (RF)|
|2||Araki (1B)||2||Shigenobu (CF)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Abe (1B)|
|5||Ugumori (1B)||5||Murata (3B)|
|6||Nishiura (SS)||6||Garrett (LF)|
|7||Yachi (3B)||7||Cruz (2B)|
|8||Nishida (C)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Ogawa (SP)||9||Taguchi (SP)|
Tokyo took the lead in the top of the 1st, singles from Sakaguchi and Yamada laying the table for an RBI single through the infield to right from Coco to make it 1-0 Tokyo.
They doubled the lead in the 4th. A single from Nishiura was followed up by a bloop to shallow left from Nishida which just bounced off the stretched glove of a truffle-shuffling Murata which allowed the ball to roll into foul territory, giving the Swallows runners on the corners with two outs. The Swallows then capitalized on some Yomiuri dumb-fuckery. After Nishida was caught creeping too far at first and was stranded between bases, engaged in a run-down, half-man/half-weasel Luis Cruz paid too much attention to Nishida, and by the time he noticed that Nishiura was almost home from third it was too late, his throw home not in time. 2-0 Tokyo.
That lead was once again doubled in the 7th. With Taguchi done after six, Yamaguchi started the inning, allowing a single from Ogawa, who advanced to second on a Sakaguchi grounder to the pitcher. Yamaguchi was yanked, and in came true beauty in human form aka Nishimura. And handsome face himself allowed a single to Araki, and walked Yamada to load the bases with one out. Balentien hit a grounder to first, with piggy overlord Abe opting to throw home for out number two leaving the bases juiced once more. Up stepped Ueda, who hit one over the head of C***o in right to the wall, scoring two for 4-0 Tokyo.
Ogawa meanwhile was the exact opposite of the frail lead surrendering pitcher from the first half of the season. He let men on, but each time rose to the occasion and stopped the bleeding before it had a chance to flow, and we had ourselves a “I think this playoff thing may well be a possibility you know?” 4-0 Tokyo Final.
Tonight’s win rounded off the Swallows’ excellent month of August, as they boasted a 15-9 record (second only to Hiroshima in the CL), their first winning month of the season.
Tomorrow the birds will get a night off, before taking on the champions-elect Carp at Jingu for three games from Friday. Tokyo enter the series down 7-13 in the season series against Hiroshima. The team in red’s magic number to steal the Swallows’ CL crown is now down to just 10, while the reigning champs are just 1.5 games back of Yokohama for a playoff berth.