May 20th, 2017 vs Hanshin

May 20th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 8

Streak: Won 4      Last 5: LWWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Your birds won their fourth on the trot and pulled closer to third place Gomiuri.

W: Ogawa (4-2); L: Fujinami (3-2)

Ogawa was effective again as the offense clicked when it needed to.

 Tigers Swallows
1Shun Takayama (LF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Uemoto (2B)2Fujii (3B)
3Yoshio Itoi (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Kosuke Fukudome (RF)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5Haraguchi (1B)5Wladimir Balentien (LF)
6Takeshi Toritani (3B)6Imanami (1B)
7Kento Itohara (SS)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Ryutaro Umeno (C)8Keiji Obiki (SS)
9Fujinami (SP)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (SP)

Hanshin held a lead for a short while when Toritani brought Haraguchi home in the second inning.

0-1 Hanshin

But that was the last time the Swallows would trail. In the bottom of the third, Ogawa drew a walk before Sakaguchi and Fujii both struck out swinging. But that set the two out rally in motion, and good things ensued.

Yamada drew a second walk, and Yuhei followed with a two-run single to right. Balentien followed with yet another walk, and Imanami compounded the pain with a bases clearing triple.

4-1 Tokyo

Fast-forward to the sixth, and Obiki leads off with a double to center. Ogawa walks (again), and two outs later Yamada hits a three-run homer to the opposite field.

7-1 Tokyo

Hanshin got a couple back in the top of the seventh thanks to four singles and a HBP.

7-3 Tokyo

But Tokyo limited the damage with a run in the bottom of that inning.

After drawing a walk, Balentien was replaced on the base paths by Ueda, who rather than stealing second was gifted the base on an Imanami Tak-bunt (he was 2-3 before that with a triple and a double). Fortunately Nakamura produced his first hit of the game, an RBI double to right that was quickly followed by a pair of strikeouts.


Hoshi headlines tomorrow’s attempted sweep of the Tigers.

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