April 30th, 2017 vs. Yomiuri

April 30th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Won 2    Last 5: LWLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Rookie Hoshi gave up a couple runs in his first outing as a starter, but his quality start plus some decent bat support led the Swallows to victory in the so-called Tokyo Series.

W: Lueke (1-2)
L: Ikeda (0-1)
S: Akiyoshi (3-0 4S)

 Giants Swallows
1Soichiro Tateoka (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Itaru Hashimoto (LF)2Keiji Obiki (SS)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Casey McGehee (3B)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Shingo Ishikawa (LF)6Atsushi Ugumori (1B)
7Daisuke Nakai (2B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Seiji Kobayashi (C)8Ryota Yachi (3B)
9Tetsuya Utsumi (P)9Tomoya Hoshi (P)

The scoring:

Bottom of the first:

Sakuguchi gets walked, then Obiki hits one to left to put runners on the corners. Yamada hits a grounder to the pitcher, who throws the ball home. Balentien follows up with a grounder of his own, which is enough to get Obiki home. 1-0 Swallows.

Top of the third:

Hashimoto hits to center. Hoshi wild pitch; Hashimoto steals second. Sakamoto gets on base and Hashimoto makes it home when Obiki lets the ball slip by him. 1-1.

Top of the fourth:

Nakai hits a double to right and Kobayashi follows it with one to left. 1-2 Gomi.

Bottom of the sixth:

Utsumi walks Obiki and Yamada, then Balentien swats one to left to tie it up 2-2.

Bottom of the seventh:

After Nakamura gets walked, Yachi sac bunts to get him to second.  Takeuchi hits to right to put men on the corners. Sakaguchi then comes to bat and get an infield single that can only be described as “weird.” Our own Kozo describes it like this:

“Sakaguchi bounces a grounder to the second baseman (Nakai) who was playing in. Nakai fakes a throw to home, tries to tag the runner heading to second with an empty glove before throwing to first.”

As a result of Nakai’s brain fart, the Swallows find themselves up by a run, where they stay the rest of the night. 3-2 final.

Game notes:

  • In his first turn as starter, Hoshi pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs and striking out 4. Not a bad day of work for the 23-year-old draftee.
  • The Yamada slump slumps on. He’s now batting .191. I repeat: Tetsuto Yamada is batting under 200. “Worrying” is the word you’re looking for.
  • The Swallows are essentially tied with Chunichi for 5th in the CL and are 2 games behind 4th place Yokohama. They go up against Hanshin at home for the first time this year starting Tuesday.
  • It was just announced Yoshinori Sato has been moved up to the top team.