June 16th 2017, vs. Hokkaido

June 16th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 8

Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW

(Sapporo Dome)

It is with great pleasure that I present you a complete first team Swallows writeup, as the Swallows overcame the Fighters at Jingu.

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W: Lueke (2-4); strong>L: Kagiya (2-2); S: Akiyoshi (9)
 Fighters Swallows
1Taishi Ota (LF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (LF)
2Go Matsumoto (RF)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Haruki Nishikawa (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Sho Nakata (1B)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5Brandon Laird (3B)5Shoitsu Omatsu (1B)
6Tomoya Ichikawa (C)6Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
7Kazunari Ishii (C)7Ryota Fujii (3B)
8Takuya Nakashima (SS)8Akihisa Nishida (C)
9Hirotoshi Takanashi (P)9Tomoya Hoshi (P)

The Fighters got on the board first with a Sho Nakata solo shot in the second. 1-0 Fighters

The Swallows struck right back in the bottom of the inning with a Fujii opposite field solo shot. 1-1 All

Hoshi gave up single runs in the fourth and fifth both off of two-out doubles. 3-1 Fighters

The bottom of the fifth inning was a big turning point in the game for the Swallows. Ohbiki lead off the inning with a grounder to second. Ishii’s throw to first missed the mark and let Obiki take second. Fujii struck out and Ino grounded out but allowed Obiki to advance to third. With Hoshi’s spot coming up with two out, Manaka made a Central League decision. Hoshi’s pitch count was only at 76 after five, but Manaka elected to send out Dean Green and put the ball in the hands of the bullpen. Green delivered on his end of the gamble by sending a 2-1 fastball into the left-center stands. 3-3 All

Guilmet and Kondo both pitched scoreless innings and the plan was seemingly working until Lueke came in to pitch the eighth. Lueke gave up a leadoff single to Nishikawa who promptly stole second. After getting Nakato strike out Lueke pitched around Laird and walked him on four pitches. Lueke then battle Kensuke Tanaka for ten pitches before getting him to fly out to third. Nishikawa then stole third and Lueke gave up a deep double to Yano. The outfield was playing shallow and the Fighters elected to send Laird from first to home. Obiki’s relay throw home missed the mark and both runners scored and Yano found himself on third base. The damage was done and Lueke ended the inning with a strikeout. 5-3 Fighters

The Fighters replaced Takanashi with Kagiya for the eighth inning. Ino leadd off the inning with a single but Kagiya got two relatively quick outs from Takeuchi and Sakaguchi. Ueda kept things alive by getting an infield single to third which put men on the corners for Yamada. Yamada worked a 6 pitch walk from Kagiya to load the bases, and Yuhei delivered a hit up the middle to tie the game. 5-5 All The Fighters then brought in the lefty Kumon to ostensibly face the lefty Omatsu but Manaka brought out righty Araki to pinch hit. The move paid off in a big way as Araki worked an eighth pitch at bat that culminated with a blast into the left field seats. 8-5 Swallows

Akiyoshi pitched a clean ninth to preserve the win for the Birds. 8-5 Swallows FINAL

Notes

  • Nishida fouled a pitch off his left shin in the second. He limped into the bench and received treatment for a few minutes before he limped back to finish his at bat. He caught the third inning before being replaced by Ino in the fourth. He was x-rayed at a local hospital and was diagnosed with a bone bruise and the Swallows are expected to activate catcher Hoshino before tomorrow’s game.
  • Despite high score, the game was over in a relatively quick three hours and two minutes.
  • The Swallows will send David Buchanon to the mound against Luis Mendoza of the Fighters tomorrow afternoon.
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he’s not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.