August 5th, 2017 @ Hanshin

August 5th, 2017

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Hanshin Tigers 4

Streak: Lost 2     Last 5: LLWLL

(Kyocera Dome)

Six Hanshin pitchers combined to limit the Tokyo “offense” to three hits and four total runners. That was one fewer hit than last night’s game, for those keeping tabs on the futility.

W: Matsuda (1-1); L: Ogawa (5-5)

Ogawa allowed four runs over six full innings in suffering the loss.

 Swallows Tigers
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Shun Takayama (CF)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Hiroki Uemoto (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Kosuke Fukudome (RF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Jason Rogers (1B)
5Carlos Rivero (1B)5Masahiro Nakatani (LF)
6 Keiji Obiki (SS)6Takeshi Toritani (3B)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Yamato (Maeda) (SS)
8 Nobuyuki Okumura (3B)8Seishiro Sakamoto (C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)
9Takumi Akiyama (P)

Nothing to see here, really.

Only Yamada (2B), Rivero (2B), and Obiki (1B) were able to record base hits. Sakaguchi was the fourth runner via walk.

Tokyo batters sat down in order in six of the nine innings this afternoon, including the entirety of the fifth to ninth innings.

Meanwhile, the home side notched one run in the first on a Fukudome home run. Nakatani scored from third on a grounder to Yamada in the second, and two more scored on Rogers’s double in the fifth.


Ogawa scattered six hits (one dinger) and struck out seven, but he also issued four walks and saw his ERA rise to 3.06 as a result.

Yamamoto (2.04 ERA) and Nakazawa (5.19) gave the team a scoreless inning each in relief.

Your Birds will attempt to finally put a run on the board tomorrow when Ishikawa faces Nomi. First pitch is scheduled for 2 PM.

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