Sept 26th 2017, @ Yomiuri

September 26th, 2017

Tokyo Swallows 0

Yomiuri Giants 3

(Tokyo Stain Dome)

Streak: Lost 6 Last 5: LLLLL

Iwahashi made his second career start, a rematch of his first start, but the second time wasn’t the charm because he’s on the 2017 Swallows.

W: Sugano (17-5); L: Iwahashi (0-2); S: Caminero (28)
 Swallows Giants
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Dai-kang Yoh (CF)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Casey McGehee (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)
5Carlos Rivera (1B)5Shuichi Murata (3B)
6Yuhei Nakamura (C)6Hisayoshi Ch**o (RF)
7Nobuyuki Okumura (SS)7Daisuke Nakai (LF)
8Ryota Fujii (3B)8Seiji Kobayashi (C)
9Keiji Iwahashi (P)9Tomoyuki Sugano (P)

While Iwahashi still threw crisp pitches the Giants were clearly more patient this time around and punished Iwahashi’s high pitches. The Ginats managed to get two singles up the middle in the first, but Iwahashi was saved by a double play to keep the Giants scoreless.

Iwahashi wasn’t as lucky in the second as he gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to Murata, Chono, and Nakai for a run. 1-0 Giants Then the Giants elected to bunt with Kobayashi for an out. Sugano then grounded out, and after Yoh walked to load the bases McGehee struck out looking to end the threat.

After a perfect third, Iwahashi gave up the Giants’ 10,000th franchise homerun to Nakai for another run. 2-0 Giants

The Swallows gave the ball to Yamamoto for the fifth and the veteran pitched a scoreless inning. He pitched the sixth as well and wasn’t as lucky as he gave up the Giants’ 10,001st franchise homerun to C***o. 3-0 Giants

Sugano was Sugano as he pitched the first three innings perfectly, and only gave up two hits and two walks in the next three innings. It was a bit curious that the Giants elected to pull him after six innings, but the Giants bullpen held things down without much trouble to close out the game. 3-0 Giants FINAL


  • Ishiyama made an appearance for the fourth straight night. He pitched a perfect seventh in just seven pitches. Ishiyama leads the team with 64 appearances.
  • Rookie Hiakru Nakao made his first top team relief appearance, after a not very good start back in June. He gave up a hit and walk but did not allow a run to score in the eighth.
  • The Swallows will head to Hiroshima to make up the game that was rained out by typhoon on the 17th. Hara is scheduled to take the mound against Osera.
About Kozo Ota

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