July 26th 2017, vs Chunichi

July 26th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 11

Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LWLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Ishiyama (2-4 ; 2.76 ERA)
L: Itoh

The Swallows tied the NPB record for largest come-from-behind win as they blasted their way out of a ten run hole to ultimately walk off as winners in the bottom of the 10th.

 Chunichi Tokyo
1Kyoda (SS)1Sakaguchi (RF)
2Tani (2B)2Yamasaki (CF)
3 Oshima (CF)3Balentien (LF)
4Guerrero (LF)4Yamada (2B)
5Viciedo (1B)5 Rivero (3B)
6Fujii (RF)6Araki (1B)
7Fukuda (3B)7Okumura (SS)
8Matsui (C)8 Nishida (C)
9Ohno (P)
7.0 IP | 5 ER
9Hoshi (P)
5 IP | 10 R | 9 ER
0.2 IP | 3 ER
0.0 IP | 2 ER
0.1 IP | 0 ER
1.1 IP | 1 ER
2 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER

Hoshi started for the birds and had a torrid time of it, giving up ten runs (nine earned) off nine hits in his five innings of work. Indeed, going into the 7th inning it looked like the free green uniforms given out to all Swallows fans at Jingu this evening would have to be the sold-out crowd’s sole ray of joy for the evening (and that’s if you like slime green). 10-0 Chunichi.

Nakamura finally gave the faithful something to cheer about in the bottom of the 7th, hitting a two-run shot to left to put two (seemingly) consolation runs on the board. 10-2.

And then things turned mental in the 8th. A Yamasaki single and 16th homer of the year from Balentien made it 10-4. Yamada then worked a walk which saw Chunichi starter Ohno switched for Fukutani. A single from Fujii and walk for Okumura then loaded the bases for Ueda. He his a sac-fly to half the deficit at 10-5.

Jingu then went from hope to delirium in the space of five batters:

Nakamura RBI single (10-6)


[enter Iwase]


Sakaguchi RBI single (10-7)


Yamasaki RBI single (10-8)


[enter Matayoshi]


Coco walks to re-load the bases


Yamada 2-run single (10-10)

And so the game would enter extra innings, bottom of the 10th, Ohmatsu at the plate:


(yes, we’re still in 6th place, but let’s all bathe in the comedy for tonight)

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto