April 1st, 2017
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
After an easy victory in Tokyo’s first game of the 2017 campaign, the offense suffered a bit of a hangover and the home team dropped its first game of the year.
|W: Klein (1-0)
L: Ogawa (0-1)
Ogawa started for the birds and had himself a decent outing save for an elevated pitch count (96 over five full innings).
|1||Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)||1||Keiji Obiki (SS)|
|2||Takayuki Kajitani (RF)||2||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|3||Jose Lopez (1B)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Audy Ciriaco (3B)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B) (!?)||6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)||7||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|8||Yasutaka Togashira (C)||8||Naomichi Nishiura (3B)|
|9||Phil Klein (P)||9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)|
Ogawa struck out the leadoff batter to start the game, but Kajitani then doubled to right. Another strikeout later, Tsutsugoh brought him home with a single to left.
Kajitani did some more damage in the third inning, this time with a double to left. He scored on Lopez’s ensuing double.
Hatakeyama halved the deficit in the bottom of the fourth with a two out solo shot to left.
But that’s as close as your Swallows would get.
Ogawa was replaced on offense in the bottom of the fifth after striking out seven and walking two. It was a positive start to the season for Ogawa, and he’s probably just as disappointed as the rest of us that he couldn’t pitch an inning or two longer.
Things went a bit pear-shaped in the top of the sixth with Preson Guilmet making his regular season debut for the Swallows. He gave up singles to the first two batters he faced before getting the first out on a sac bunt. Out number two came soon after, but a run scored on the grounder to first. Sano, pinch-hitting for Klein, drew a walk, and then came an RBI single from Kuwahara followed by Kajitani’s third double of the afternoon. That one scored two.
So after four earned runs, Guilmet made way for Muranaka who eventually got the third out without allowing any further damage.
So it wasn’t a very fun game for Swallows fans who braved the cold, wet conditions at Jingu.
Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come in April. Game three of this series is scheduled for 1 PM tomorrow.
- Sakaguchi drew four walks today.
- After 15 hits the previous evening, Tokyo managed only four today.
- Tokyo’s offense was hitless after the fifth inning.
- 27,750 fans shivered through this game.