July 22nd, 2017 vs Hanshin

July 22nd, 2017


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Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Your Swallows won their first game in the entire month of July as four relievers kept Hanshin off the board and preserved Yoshinori’s third win of the year.

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W: Yoshinori (3-2); L: Nohmi (3-5)

And that ended a seven game losing streak which was immediately preceded by a tie and another seven game losing streak. Look for the next seven game losing streak to kick off tomorrow.

 Tigers Swallows
1Tsuyoshi Nishioka (LF)1 Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Hiroki Uemoto (2B)2Takahiro Araki (1B)
3Masahiro Nakatani (CF)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4Kosuke Fukudome (RF)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Jason Rogers (1B)5Carlos Rivero (3B)
6Takeshi Toritani (3B)6Yasushi Iihara (RF)
7Yamato (Maeda) (SS)7 Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Ryutaro Umeno (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
9Atsushi Nomi (P)9Yoshinori (P)

Tokyo doubled last night’s offense in the bottom of the first. Sakaguchi led with a walk, and two outs later Yamada drove one deep to left-center for his 15th homer of the year.

2-0 Tokyo

Hanshin leveled the game in the top of the second, however, when Yamato singled in Rogers and Toritani who had both drawn one out walks.

2-2

But the good guys reasserted the two run advantage in the bottom of the inning. Iihara led off with a walk, and Nishiura doubled him in one out later. After Yoshinori went down swinging, Sakaguchi singled to center which was enough to push Nishiura home from second.

4-2 Tokyo

The Tokyo offense was quiet for a couple of innings and then re-awoke in the sixth. Iihara struck out swinging in his final at-bat of the evening, and Nakamura doubled to center-left. Nishiura and Ueda (pinch-hitting for Matsuoka who pitched the top of the sixth) both drew walks to load the bases, and one out later Araki pushed Nakamura home via HBP. Balentien then effectively doubled the lead when he drew a walk and plated Nishiura in the process.

6-2 FINAL

Game three of this series is slated for tomorrow. It feels like an eternity ago that Tokyo won a series.

**Game Notes:

  • Although the Swallows managed only seven hits, the team also drew six walks.
  • Yoshinori finished the game with 93 pitches over five full innings. He allowed one hit, struck out five, walked four, and gave up two runs (one earned).
  • Five Swallows reached base twice:
    Sakaguchi (BB, RBI 1B)
    Araki (1B, RBI HBP)
    Yamada (HR, BB)
    Nishiura (RBI 2B, BB)
    Ueda (BB, 1B)
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