May 13th, 2017 vs Chunichi

May 13th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1         Last 5: WWLWL

(“Home” at Matsuyama)

Akiyoshi threw batting practice in the top of the ninth to squander a two run cushion and annoy the ever-living ish out of several Tsubamegun members in attendance.

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W: Araujo (1-0; 4.50 ERA)
L: Akiyoshi (3-2 5S; 2.76)
S: Tajima (1-1 8S: 2.75)

On the bright side, the Tokyo faithful were treated to another solid outing from Yasuhiro Ogawa.

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Kyoda (SS)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Araki (2B)2Fujii (3B)
3 Oshima (CF)3Yamada (2B)
4Viciedo (1B)4Yuhei (RF)
5Hirata (RF)5 Balentien (LF)
6Donoue (3B)6Takeuchi (1B)
7Guererro (LF)7Nakamura (C)
8Kinoshita (C)8 Ohbiki (SS)
9Matayoshi (P)9Ogawa (P)
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This battle for the basement took place in Matsuyama, one of Tokyo’s annual “home away from home” games that will be followed by another tomorrow afternoon.

And the “home” dominated on both offense and defense for the majority of this contest.

Your birds strung together three hits and two walks (interrupted by a double play) in the second inning to score a pair of runs on Ohbiki’s single to left.

2-0 Tokyo

Ogawa surrendered his sole run of the afternoon in the top of the third on a Guerrero homer to left.

2-1 Tokyo

But Ogawa was largely untouchable. He pitched eight full innings and probably could have (should have) finished things on his own. However, he hasn’t always proven to be sturdy in the final third of games thus far, a detail that no doubt played on Manaka’s mind. He finished with 117 pitches over eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked one.

Tokyo grabbed another run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice. Yamada scored from third on Takeuchi’s grounder to first.

3-1 Tokyo

See that? It’s the game disappearing into the clouds.

Akiyoshi took the mound to close things out in the top of the ninth, and things quickly went pear-shaped.

He allowed hits to three of the first batters he faced, and the third one landed in the left field bleachers. Thanks, Viciedo.

3-4 FINAL

Game two of this quaint affair is scheduled for 1 PM tomorrow with Hoshi facing Chunichi’s Yoshimi.

**Game Notes:

  • 10 of Tokyo’s 11 hits were outfield singles. Only Yuhei had an extra-base hit, a double in the 7th.
  • Sakaguchi, Yuhei, Balentien, and Ogawa (!) all had two-hit afternoon’s at the plate.
  • The loss puts Tokyo just one game above Chunichi in 5th place.
About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini