July 23, 2017 vs. Hanshin

July 23rd, 2017


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Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1      Last 5: LLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

After Saturday’s brief, glorious Yoshinori-given respite, the Swallows went right on back to losing in a game seriously lacking in run support.

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W: Messenger (10-5); L: Ogawa (4-4)
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1Tsuyoshi Nishioka (LF)1 Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Hiroki Uemoto (2B)2Ueda (RF)
3Kosuke Fukudome (RF)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4Jason Rogers (1B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Shun Takayama (CF)5Carlos Rivero (3B)
6Takeshi Toritani (3B)6Araki (1B)
7Yamato (SS)7 Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Ryutaro Umeno (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
9Randy Messenger (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

After the attempt to turn Ogawa into a closer failed spectacularly, he was back on the mound as a starter, where I think we can all agree he belongs. He kept things together through five innings, giving up just one run in the third, a home run from none other than Hanshin starter Messenger (his first ever in Japan, apparently). 0-1.

This was basically Messenger’s game from start to finish. Aside from scoring the only run of the first six innings, Messenger fared extremely well on the mound, pitching eight complete innings and racking up 12 Ks.

Frustrated, perhaps, by an utter lack of hits, Manaka swapped Fujii into Ogawa’s spot during the bottom of the fifth after Ogawa had thrown only 85 pitches (it didn’t help). Nakazawa then came in for the birds and pitched a scoreless sixth, but gave up a solo home run in the seventh. Ishiyama was sent in, but didn’t fare much better, with the Tigers ultimately scoring four and making the score a sad 0-5, which is where it stayed the rest of the game.

Game notes:

  • Veteran reliever Tetsuya Yamamoto was sent in for an inning, meaning as much as this game sucked, at least everyone got to lock arms and sway to Kome Kome Club for a minute.
  • Yep, that’s about it.
  • The Dragons come to Jingu for a three-game series starting Tuesday.