June 18th, 2017 vs. Hokkaido

June 18th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: WWWWL

(Jingu Stadium)


A ninth-inning mini-rally saved the Swallows from a shutout, but not a loss, in the final game of interleague play.

W: Arihara (4-5); L: Ishikawa (4-7)

While the previous day, our own David Buchanan pitched a complete game shutout, the tables were turned today, with the birds putting up exactly one hit and zero runs over the first eight innings.

 Fighters Swallows
1 Taishi Ota (LF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (LF)
2 Go Matsumoto (RF)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Nishikawa (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4 Sho Nakata (1B)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5 Brandon Laird (3B)5Dean Green (1B)
6 Tomoya Ichikawa (C)6Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
7Kazunari Ishii (2B)7Ryota Fujii (3B)
8Tokuya Nakashima (SS)8Suguru Ino (C)
9Kohei Arihara (P)9Masanori Ishikawa (P)

Pitching for the Swallows was Ishikawa, who hasn’t had a win since May 18. While he was able to keep the giant slabs of ham off the board for the third three innings, hits by Nishikawa, Nakata and Laird in the fourth put them up 0-2.

In the sixth, Ishikawa gave up a couple more hits and was replaced by Kondo with men on second and third. Kondo promptly did his best impression of former Swallows pitcher Nagisa Arakaki with a wild pitch, giving the ham a free run. He couple more ham hits made the score 0-4 before the end of the inning.

The seventh saw more damage done, with Guilmet and Kyuko allowing hits that put the hammies up 0-6 before Ishiyama came in to finish up the inning.

Meanwhile, the Swallows’ offense was utterly dominated by pitcher Kohei Arihara throughout the course of the game. He finally began to crack in the ninth, giving up a run before being swapped out. At several times throughout the ninth inning, the bases were loaded and a home run would’ve tied up the game, but that was not to be the case. A quick strikeout by pinch hitter Takeuchi made for a final 3-6 score and an end to the Swallows’ four-game winning streak.

Game notes:

  • The birds finished interleague play with 5 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw to put them in, you guessed it, last place, behind even the Giants, who won 6.
  • On the other hand, they won their last two series against two not-horrible teams.
  • On the other other hand, they’re still very much in 6th place in the CL, 3 games behind Chunichi. Yeah, that Chunichi.
  • Aside from a BayStars-Buffaloes game Monday that was rained out Sunday, both leagues take a break to reflect on what an awful experience interleague is (who am I kidding, the PL loves it) until Friday the 23rd, when the Swallows play Yokohama at home.
  • Woong-Gi Kim

    Although 18 games is a small sample size, but simply building a better team should make CL teams be able to win at interleagues.(look at carp)