June 2nd, 2017, vs. Saitama

June 2nd, 2017

Let’s cut to the chase, the Swallows lost again tonight. The game followed the same rough script as the previous night’s loss in Osaka. If you want more details, scroll down to the bottom of this post. But I thought the other game that was played in Tokyo tonight would be of greater interest to our readers. Because even if we’re not winning, at least we can take solace in the fact that the Giants are losing worse. So without further ado, I’d like to present you the a recap of the Orix-Giants game from tonight.

The theme for tonight’s recap.

Orix BsOrix Buffaloes 6

Gomiuri Giants 5

The Giants’ Last 8: LLLLLLLL

(The Stain Dome)

The Giants came into tonight with a seven game losing streak and had just swapped out four players from the top team with four players from the farm prior to the game. The headliner of the player moves was demoting Caminero their closer (who needs a closer when you don’t have a lead to protect?) for Luis Cruz.

The Buffaloes took the lead with a sac fly in the fourth inning. 1-0 Buffaloes

The Giants took the lead in a rare offensive explosion in the seventh. Murata hit a two run homer and Sakamoto cashed in two runners with a two-out single to give the Giants a lead. 4-1 Giants

Mathesion came in and for got the last out in the eighth, and was asked to pitch the ninth to close out the game and he got two outs before magic happened. Stefen Romero took Matheison yard to shrink the lead by a run. 4-2 Giants Nishino singled up the middle and scored when Adachi followed with a double. 4-3 Giants Koyano followed with a double that brought Adachi home and made Giants fans ask themselves what if Caminero was around to close. (BTW Luis Cruz went 0-for-5 on the night.) 4-4 All Unfortunately, the Buffaloes weren’t able to take the lead and despite the Giants managing to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth this one went to extras.

After a scoreless tenth, the Buffaloes took the lead after Adachi deposited a one out solo shot into right field. 5-4 Buffaloes The Buffaloes proceeded to load the bases for Takeda, who got a single to score an insurance run. 6-4 Buffaloes

C***o got a solo homer of his own but the Giants weren’t able to do any more despite getting runners in scoring position. Kamei ruined his second sayonara chance of the night (he was the third out in the ninth) with a fly out to right. 6-5 Buffaloes FINAL

46,441 people subjected themselves to the dirty dome air and were treated to 4 hours and 37 minutes of baseball. Mmmm…

The Giants and the Swallows remain the only win-less teams in Interleague, while Orix is the now the only loss-less team thanks to the Swallows and Giants.

Seibu Lions 3

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 3    Last 5: WLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Meanwhile at Jingu…

W: Kikuchi (6-2); L: Hara (1-2); S: Masuda (10)

 Lions Swallows
1Yuji Kaneko (RF)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Sosuke Genda (SS)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Shogo Akiyama (CF)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4Hideto Asamura (2B)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5Takeya Nakamura (3B)5Takahiro Araki (1B)
6Takumi Kuriyama (LF)6Keiji Obiki (SS)
7Ernesto Mejía (1B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Ginjiro Sumitani (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (3B)
9Yusei Kikuchi (P)9Juri Hara (P)

Hara started the game with two straight strikeouts but followed by conceding a single to Akiyama and a double to Asamura for a run. 1-0 Lions

Hara was more or less effective after that and the Swallows managed to tie the game with a two-out single-double combo (Yamada-Sakaguchi) of their own in the third. 1-1 ALL

Obiki hit a solo shot into left to give Hara a narrow lead in the fourth. 2-1 Swallows

Hara went into the seventh with a pitch count under 80 and was looking very much in control. Unfortunately the inning started with back-to-back singles by Kuriyama and Mejia. They were bunted over for the first out of the inning. Hara threw an outside pitch to Tonosaki that Nakamura let get past him for a passed ball for a run. 2-2 All Hara ended up plunking Tonosaki and Tonosaki promptly stole second to keep up the threat and eliminate the double play. With the infield playing in Hara got Kaneko to make an off-timed swing at an outside ball. Kaneko made enough contact that the ball took a very high turf bounce that by the time Obiki got to the ball the only place he could throw it was to first. 3-2 Lions Hara struck out Genda to end the inning but the damage was done.

The Swallows offense wasted a one-out men on first and second situation courtesy of back-to-back singles by Fujii and Ueda (!) in the bottom of the inning, and the Swallows didn’t get another hit the rest of the game and lost. 3-2 Lions FINAL


  • This game ended in a brisk 2 hours and 48 minutes.
  • Tateyama is the announced starter for tomorrow’s re-match in the sun. Start praying for the man’s arm.
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.