Apr 12th 2017, vs. Chunichi

April 12th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 6          Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Mitsuma
L: Hoshi ( 0W-2L ; 6.23 ERA )
S: Tajima

After a rough five game losing streak on the road, the Swallows returned to the comfy confines of Jingu to take on the 6th placed Chunichi Dragons, a team that had won just a solitary game thus far this season. Tonight’s game would surely be the one to kick-start Tokyo’s season with a nice home W.

Yeah, about that…

*COUGH* 6 straight losses *COUGH*

Hoshi watches the game slip away in the 10th

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Oshima (CF)1Hiyane (CF)
2Kamezawa (2B)2Ohbiki (SS)
3Guererro (3B)3Yamada (2B)
4Viciedo (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Hirata (RF)5Hatakeyama (1B)
6Iryo (LF)6Ugumori (RF)
7Kyoda (SS)7Nakamura (C)
8Sugiyama (C)8Nishiura (3B)
9Valdes (P)9Yamanaka (P)
7 IP | 100 NP | 3 H | 1 K | 4 BB | 2 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 31 NP | 3 H | 3 ER

After last night’s rainout torpedoed David Buchanan’s second start of the season, Yamanaka took to the mound for his second outing of 2017. And just like his first, a decent outing was rewarded with a second straight no decision.

Yamanaka and the Swallows fell behind in the 2nd. A walk and single put two on for Chunichi, and two more singles in the inning, the second from starter Valdes, each put a run on the board for the Dragons, 2-0 Chunichi.

As has been the rather worrying trend over the last four games or so, the Tokyo bats looked all at sea, as a seemingly endless stream of flyouts marred the first four frames. They didn’t manage their first hit until the bottom of the 5th, when two-out singles from Ugumori and Nakamura followed by a walk for Nishiura loaded the bases for Yamanaka. But to little surprise he grounded out to short to strand the runners in place.

But Chunichi would be far more generous in the 7th as the Swallows threatened again. Once more Ugumori got the ball rolling with another two-out hit, this time a double, and again Valdes made life harder for himself, this time with back-to-back walks for Nakamura and Nishiura to load the bases again. In came Nishida to hit for Yamanaka, and all looked lost as, with the count at 2-2, he hit a towering fly ball to the infield which should have ended the inning right there. First baseman Viviedo had other ideas though, fluffing the routine catch which allowed two runners to score to tie the game up at 2-2.

With neither team mustering much in the way of offence during the rest of regulation, we entered extra frames.

The top of the 10th was where things all came undone, with rookie Hoshi, fresh from his first career L in Hiroshima this last Sunday, giving the lead back to Chunichi thanks to a Kyoda single and RBI pinch-hitting Fujii triple, before some guy named Kamezawa hit his FIRST CAREER HOME RUN to add two more and we had ourselves the final turd curled upon the top of the shit gateaux that was tonight’s game. 5-2 Chunichi Final.

The smattering of salary men wearing Chunichi jerseys over their work shirts in the left field stands went home quite pleased (I believe Dragons fans all wear team branded dog collars that shock them should they become overly stimulated. Such is the monochrome lot of a Chunichi fan).

Game Notage

  • Tonight’s only hits came from Ugumori and Nakamura with two each. Nakamura leads the team in batting average at .387. Hold on, that can’t be right? Oh shit, yes it is.
  • Everyone else aside from perhaps Nishiura who walked twice, was a wash.
  • Can you say 6th place baseball…? Well Tokyo sit now sit only a sliver above Chunichi in 5th.
  • Rare 2017 ray of light David Buchanan will get his delayed second start of the season tomorrow versus Matayoshi.

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