August 19th, 2017 @ Hiroshima

August 19, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 5

Hiroshima Carp 0

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL

(Mazda Zooooom Zooooooom Stadium)

Ogawa pitched eight scoreless innings, earning a win that evened his record once again.

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W: Ogawa (6-6); L: Yabuta (11-3)

And the Balentien-Yamada tandem was quite effective this evening.

 Swallows Carp
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)
2 Ryota Fujii (CF)2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Seiya Suzuki (RF)
5Rivero (3B)5Matsuyama (LF)
6Ohmatsu (1B)6Arai (1B)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Tomohiro Abe (3B)
8Nishiura (SS)8 Tsubasa Aizawa(C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Kazuki Yabuta (P)

Ogawa didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, and his dodgiest inning was argualy the seventh when the Carp led off with two consecutive base knocks. However, he scattered just five hits over eight innings of work while striking out nine and walking two.

Your Birds finally got things going in the top of the sixth when three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out. Nakamura then drew a walk with two outs to break the stalemate.

1-0 Tokyo

Two of Yabuta’s three losses this year have come at Tokyo’s hands (Hanshin claims the other one), the previous one on July 29th. Don’t hold your breath, but it seems like the Swallows have figured out a way to get to him.

More misery for Yabuta in the top of the seventh. Ogawa helped his own cause with a base hit to left to start the game. One out later, Fujii and Balentien hit consecutive singles to juice the bases for Yamada.

And that was it for Yabuta. Three pitches later, on Nakata’s 2-0 offering, Yamada jacked one to left to clear the bases and add four runs to Tokyo’s tally.

5-0 FINAL

It was Yamada’s 19th home run of the season.

Balentien was 3-5 with each one of his singles followed by a Yamada hit.

Fujii also deserves props for his 2-5 evening while covering both center field and third base.

Game three of this matchup is scheduled for tomorrow.

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