Sept 25th 2017, vs. Yomiuri

September 25th, 2017

Yomiuri Giants 6

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

One GLORIOUS inning by the offense was not enough as the Swallows pitching let things slip away.

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W: Mathieson (4-4); L: Akiyoshi (0-1); S: Caminero (27)
 Giants Swallows
1Dai-kang Yoh (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)
2Casey McGehee (2B)2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Shuichi Murata (3B)5Carlos Rivera (3B)
6Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)6Yuhei Nakamura (C)
7Hisayoshi Ch**o (RF)7Takahiro Araki (1B)
8Seiji Kobayashi (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (3B)
9Mitsuo Yoshikawa (P)9Preston Guilmet (P)

Preston Guilmet was trying to make it three quality starts in a row and make a case to stay for 2018. He pitched strong in outset and even got things going with his bat. Guilmet got the Swallows’ first hit of the game with a one out single in the third. Sakaguchi doubled to center to put men in scoring position with one out. Then for once a Swallows’ bat delivered as Yamasaki singled in a run. 1-0 Swallows Coco walked to load the bases for Yamada. Yamada delivered two runs with a single and chased Yoshikawa from the game. 3-0 Swallows Yoshikawa’s replacement, Shinohara walked Rivero to load the bases. Shinohara walked Nakamura for yet another run and gave up a single to Araki for the final run of the inning. 5-0 Swallows

The inning ended on back-to-back strikeouts by Nishiura (who accounted for two out of three outs in the inning) and Guilmet. That was about the extent of the Swallows fun tonight. Fun that I missed as I had a late meeting at work. So I got to personally witness the not fun parts of this game. The lowlights included:

  • Watching Guilmet load up the bases on two walks and a hit while getting two outs. The giving up back-to-back hits to Abe (single) and Murata (double). 5-3 Swallows
  • Matsuoka giving up a double to Kobayashi in the sixth who eventually came. around on a McGehee single. 5-4 Swallows
  • Kondo giving up a two out Kamei solo jack to center that we momentarily thought was a super play by Yamasaki. 5-5 All
  • Then a lead off bunt single given up to Hashimoto by Akiyoshi was further exacerbated by a Nakamura passed ball. Hashimoto then scored on a McGehee single. 6-5 Giants
  • Outside of the happy third the Swallows only had one hit, a Sakaguchi single to lead off the seventh.
  • 😢
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.