July 2nd, 2017 @ Hanshin

July 2nd, 2017

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Hanshin Tigers 5

Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LWWLL

(Koshien Stadium)

Ishikawa continued his winless streak as the increasingly injury-plagued Swallows dropped the series at Koshien.

W: Iwasada (4-5); L: Ishikawa (4-9)
 Swallows Tigers
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Takeshi Toritani (3B)
2Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)2Hiroki Uemoto (2B)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Yoshio Itoi (RF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Kosuke Fukudome (LF)
5Araki (3B)5Ohyama (1B)
6Keiji Obiki (SS)6Shun Takayama (CF)
7Dean Green (1B)7Yaaamaaatoooo (SS)
8Akihisa Nishida (C)8Okazaki (RF)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)
9Iwasada (P)

This game belonged to that most painful variety: the one you think there’s actually a chance of winning. Ishikawa looked solid enough, only giving up one run over the first five innings.

Meanwhile, the Swallows went scoreless during those first five, but finally put some runs on the board in the sixth. Singles from Yamada, Balentien and a double from Araki put the birds up 1-2, and a squeeze by Obiki solidified the Swallows’ lead at 1-3.

Unfortunately, the Tigers immediately regained their one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth. After giving up two, Ishikawa was replaced by Ishiyama, who threw a wild pitch that allowed a runner to score, making things 4-3 Hanshin.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kondo gave up a home run, widening the gap to 5-3.

The Swallows did manage to add one more run in the eighth via hits by Balentien and Araki, a bunt by Obiki and grounder from Fujii. But it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit, and the game ended at 5-4 Tigers.

Game notes:

  • Ishikawa’s last win was back on May 18. This is what you call a bummer.
  • With 3 hits in 4 plate appearances, Balentien (currently sitting on a .294 average) is, alongside Sakaguchi, one of the only bright spots in an pretty lousy offense that’s currently missing Kawabata, Hatakeyama, Nakamura, Yuhei… am I forgetting anyone?
  • Tuesday sees the birds in Nagoya, where Yamanaka will make his first plate appearance since May 10.