June 3rd, 2017 vs Saitama

June 3rd, 2017

Seibu Lions 11

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 5    Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

After getting swept by the Buffs down in Osaka, your Birds attempted to make sure that wouldn’t happen again at home against Saitama. Unfortunately, Ogawa is out injured and didn’t make his normal Saturday start. Instead, the Jingu faithful were treated to an afternoon of batting practice led off by none other than Shohei Tateyama.

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W: Sano (3-1); L: Tateyama (0-1)

Tateyama’s second appearance of the season was brief. He lasted three innings and threw 63 pitches in the process. He allowed four runs (all earned) from four hits, two walks, and one HBP.

 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)5Keiji Obiki (SS)
6Takumi Kuriyama (LF)6 Takahiro Araki (1B)
7Ernesto Mejía (1B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Masatoshi Okada (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (3B)
9Yasuo Sano (P)9Shohei Tateyama (P)

The relief wasn’t pretty either. Guilmet three runs and walked four during his two innings of work. Ishiyama also put inning a couple of innings but kept the damage to a single run. Then hirai pitched in with a three-run eighth inning thanks to two hits, two walks, one HBP, and a wild pitch. Akiyoshi pitched an uneventful ninth.

Tokyo’s only runs arrived in the third. Nakamura’s first of three singles was followed by a Nishiura Tak-bunt, and Hiyane came in to pinch hit for Tateyama. He struck out swinging, but Yamada hit his sixth homer of the season over the wall in left to halve the early Saitama advantage.

Otherwise, both Yuhei and Nakamura contributed a trio of singles in the losing effort.

2-11 FINAL

Thanks to the assistance provided by this afternoon’s pitching staff, Saitama’s offense was remarkably efficient, scoring 11 runs from 12 hits.

The last chance to avoid another sweep is tomorrow afternoon at Jingu.

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