August 4th 2017, @ Hanshin

August 4th, 2017

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Hanshin Tigers 3

Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: LLLWL

(Kyocera Dome)

The Swallows hoped to take the momentum from last night’s win and keep it going in Osaka. Unfortunately, Randy Messenger pitched a solid game and the Swallows bats couldn’t bring their Jingu magic to Kyocera Dome.

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W: Messenger (11-5); L: Buchanan (5-9)
 Swallows Tigers
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Shun Takayama (CF)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Hiroki Uemoto (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Yusuke Oyama (LF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Jason Rogers (1B)
5Carlos Rivero (1B)5Masahiro Nakatani (RF)
6Nobuyuki Okumura (3B)6Takeshi Toritani (3B)
7Keiji Obiki (SS)7Yamato (Maeda) (SS)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Ryutaro Umeno (C)
9David Buchanan (P)
9Randy Mesenger (P)

David Buchanan came into tonight’s game with a four game losing streak in which he had given up 5+ runs in his last three games. Buchanan got a hot start as he held the Tigers hit-less through the first four innings, with only a HBP to Oyama keeping him from a perfect start.

Unfortunately, Messenger also came out of the gates hot holding the Swallows to just an Obiki single in the third and a Balentien walk in the fourth.

The game shifted in the fifth inning. After Rivero flied out to start the inning, Okumura and Obiki got back-to-back singles to put men on the corners. Nakamura came up to bat and after falling behind 0-2 he worked the count to 2-2. Anticipating a strike both runners took off after the pitch and Nakamura ended up flailing hopelessly at a curveball way out of the zone. The failed run-and-hit lead to a double play as Okumura got caught in a rundown to end the inning.

Yeah… That was embarrassing.

The bottom of the inning started with a walk to Nakatani. Toritani followed with a high blooper to center that Yamasaki overpursued. The young center fielder let the ball bounce behind him but Balentien got to the ball relatively quickly on the cover. Coco elected to make a hasty throw to third to try to get Nakatani but his throw was off the mark and Okumura wasn’t able to adjust around a sliding Nakatani to get the ball. The ball found itself in foul territory and Nakatani trotted home to break the tie. 1-0 Tigers

After a scoreless sixth the Tigers widened the score and got some insurance runs in the seventh. Jason Rogers lead off with the first extra base hit of the game with a double. Not to be outdone, Nakatani blasted a 1-1 pitch into left to give Messenger a bit of a cushion. 3-0 Tigers

Messenger didn’t really need the cushion as he finished the game without allowing another Swallow to step on second. 3-0 Tigers FINAL

Notes

  • While Buchanan got tagged with the loss he did pitch his first quality start since he pitched a complete game shutout against the Fighters back in interleague.
  • Buchanan’s final line was 7.0 IP / 100 P / 3 H / 6 K / 1 BB / 1 HBP / 3 R / 2 ER.
  • Matsuoka pitched a perfect eighth and was the only reliever who made it into the game.
  • Messenger’s final line was 9.0 IP / 127 P / 4 H / 9 K / 2 BB / 0 R / 0 ER.
  • Although Messenger held the Swallows in check, the only Swallow he wasn’t able to figure out Obiki who went 3-for-3 against the American.
  • This game was finished in a mere 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Thanks to the weather shielding powers of Kyocera Dome the Swallows will re-match against the Tigers in a day game set to start at 14:00. Ogawa will start for the Swallows while Akiyama will start for the Tigers.
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Four month anniversary of the rumble under the dome. You guys took that one by 3 runs, we take this one by the same margin.

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