August 6th, 2017 @ Hanshin

August 6th, 2017

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Hanshin Tigers 6

Streak: Lost 3     Last 5: LWLLL

(Kyocera Dome)

Another loss in Osaka.

W: Iwazaki (2-0); L: Ishiyama (3-5)

But hey, at least the birds managed to put some runs on the board this time.

 Swallows Tigers
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Shunsuke (CF)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Fumiya Hojo (SS)

3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Kosuke Fukudome (RF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Jason Rogers (1B)
5Carlos Rivero (1B)5Masahiro Nakatani (LF)
6 Keiji Obiki (SS)6Ohyama (3B)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Yamato (Maeda) (SS)
8 Nishiura (3B)8Umeno (C)
9Ishikawa (P)
9Nomi (P)

The Swallows struck first against starter Nomi in the second inning. With two outs, Obiki reached third on a Fukudome error, and a bobble from Ooyama on third allowed Nakamura to bring him home. 0-1.

The Tigers punched back in the third, though, scoring two off Swallows starter Ishikawa. 2-1.

The seesaw continued seesawing in the fourth. Balentien rocked a ball to the left stands to record his 23nd home run of the season and bring the game to 2-2. After a single from Yamada, Rivero followed with his own homer, making things 2-4.

The Tigers added a run in the fifth, bringing things to 4-3. For the sixth, Ishikawa was swapped for Matsuoka, who made it out of the inning unscathed. But, Ishiyama, brought in for the seventh, gave up a couple hits and a home run from Ito, swinging things back in Hanshin’s favor. 6-4.

Yakult managed to put one more on the board in the ninth. Fujii reached first on a passed ball after striking out, then Nakamura singled and Nishiura hit a sac fly. 6-5. A grounder from Iihara and hit from Sakaguchi put Iihara pinch runner Ueda on third for a potential tying run, but a grounder to the mound from Yamasaki ended the game.

Game notes:

  • Much like 2013, the most (read: only) exciting thing about this season has become Balentien homers. By August 8 of that year he already had 39, so it’s not like he’s going to break his record, but still, he’s lookin’ good.
  • The birds take on Yokohama at home starting Tuesday. Beer is half price, meaning fans can at least drown their sixth-place Swallows sorrows on the cheap.