Aug 5th 2016, vs. Hanshin

Aug 5th 2016

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Streak: Lost 1 Last 6 vs. Hanshin: LLLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows continued to struggle against the Tigers as they dropped their sixth straight game against the team from Kansai.

W: Fujinami (5-7)
L: Davies (2-3)

 Tigers Swallows
1Shun Takayama (LF)1Keiji Obiki (SS)
2Fumiya Araki (2B)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Takashi Toritani (SS)3Takahiro Imanami (1B)
4Fumihito Haraguchi (C)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Mauro Gomez (1B)5Wladimir Balentien (LF)
6Hayata Ito (RF)6Akihisa Nishida (C)
7Taiga Egoshi (CF)7Naomichi Nishiura (3B)
8Fumiya Hojo (3B)8Kotaro Yamasaki (RF)
9Shintaro Fujinami (SP)9Kyle Davies (SP)

Swallows Highlights

  • Kyle Davies was OK going five innings allowing 3 ER on 5 hits and a walk before he was lifted for a pinch hitter.
  • Sakaguchi got a hit in the third inning.
  • Yamasaki got his first career NPB hit in the fifth and he even stole second base.
  • Kazuki Kondo made his Swallows debut after being acquired in a trade with Orix. Kondo pitched a scoreless sixth despite allowing two hits and a walk.
  • Iwahashi pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

That about summs it up. The Swallows could not get anything going against Shintaro Fujinami through seven innings. While Davies, Kondo and Iwahashi kept it close enough to make a comeback a possibility. Kiya and Naruse gave away five runs in the final two frames to turn the game into a blow out. Mauro Gomez and Hayata Ito both had four hit games including back-to-back homerun off Naruse in the ninth. Shun Takayama had three RBIs for the Tigers.

Game 2 will feature Hirofumi Yamanaka going against Randy Messenger.

(Oh… and the Swallows are back in sixth place.)
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.