April 18th, 2017
Yomiuri Giants 2
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL
|W: SUGANO (2-0-0); L: Yamanaka (0-1-0)|
The Swallows made the trip to Kumamoto to get their first shot at the Giants of the season. Yamanaka made his third start of the season, notching his first decision–a loss, not undeserved, but not entirely on him.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Nakai (2B)|
|2||Yamazaki (CF)||2||Tateoka (CF)|
|3||Balentien (LF)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Abe (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||McGehee (3B)|
|6||Nakamura (C)||6||Ishikawa (RF)|
|7||Yachi (3B)||7||Shigenobu (LF)|
|8||Nishiura (SS)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Yamanaka (RHP)||9||Sugano (RHP)|
Bottom of the first, one out. Tateoka singled to third, Sakamoto popped out, and Abe drove Tateoka in on a hit and run. 1-0 Yomiuri.
Top of the second. Hatake out with an injury.
Bottom of the fifth. Sugano led off with a single. (Yep, Sugano.) Yamanaka K’d Nakai. Tateoka singled to put men on the corners. Sakamoto popped out again. Abe hit his second RBI of the night, earning him the Tsubamegun‘s “Least Favorite Soulless Jerk” award for the evening. We hate Pig-Boy and we welcome to join us. 2-0 Yomiuri.
Bottom of the eighth. Yamanaka replaced by Muranaka. All in all, not a horrid outing for Yamanaka, two runs aside. Sakamoto led off for everybody’s least favorite salarymen and reached first on a Nishiura error. (Incidentally, Sakamoto’s oendan tune is the cheesy pop song used in a life insurance commercial in which he appeared. That’s how indescribably lame Giants fans are.)
Tubs McGehee (that’s seriously his name. Now.) put men on the corners with a hit and run. Then Muranaka walked Murata to load the bases. Chono drove in Sakamoto with a sac-fly to right. 3-0 Yomiuri, Final.
Revenge tomorrow in a two-game set.