September 3rd, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
After last night’s loss, your Birds started the evening two games behind Yokohama and a chance at the playoffs.
|W: Davies (4-3; 3.96 ERA)
L: Kuroda (8-8; 3.12 ERA)
S: Akiyoshi (3-4 15S; 2.15 ERA)
Davies started for Tokyo today, and it’s worth recalling that he pitched six solid innings in his start on August 19th against Hiroshima. He did not factor in the final decision that night. Everyone was hoping for more of that effectiveness tonight, and they got it.
|1||Tanaka (SS)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Kikuchi (2B)||2||Araki (1B)|
|3||Maru (CF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Matsuyama (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Suzuki (RF)||5||Ugumori (RF)|
|6||Eldred (1B)||6||Nishiura (SS)|
|7||Abe 3B)||7||Nishida (C)|
|8||Ishihara (C)||8||Fujii (3B)|
|8||Kuroda (RHP)||8||Davies (RHP)|
It wasn’t the most ideal of starts, however. The visitors built a lead in the top of the first. With two outs, Maru singled on an 0-2 slider, and Matsuyama brought him home from first with a double to center.
Tokyo got runners on base in each of the first two innings, but they didn’t score until Kuroda started to have some control issues in the third.
Sakaguchi drew a nine-pitch walk to get things started, and Araki singled three pitches later. Yamada worked a six-pitch walk to load the bases for Balentien. Coco struck out looking, but Ugumori managed to push Sakaguchi home on a groundout to third, and Nishiura notched an RBI with a single to right.
Tokyo added another run in the fifth with some help from Kuroda’s fourth and fifth walks.
Yamada drew his second straight walk, this time on seven pitches.
One out later, Ugumori walked as well, and then Nishiura logged his second RBI of the game on a single to left that scored Yamada from second.
And that was basically it. Both teams threatened to score again after that, but nothing materialized.
Davies got the win, which makes it two in a row for him. This was his second impressive outing against the Carp in the last two weeks. He threw 121 pitches over seven complete innings, allowing one run from four hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Nishiura was the obvious MVP on offense with two RBI from a 2-4 night at the plate.
The win’s effectiveness was blunted by Hanshin’s inability to protect a one run lead at home against the BayStars. However, both Yokohama and Tokyo pulled a game closer to second place Yomiuri who lost to Chunichi.
Tokyo will attempt to keep the pressure on Yokoyama tomorrow with another win. First pitch is scheduled for 5PM.