Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day 1, Game 2 - Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (Aichi) v Gifu Jyouhoku (Gifu)

Not much time between games, but I hope Gifu Jyouhoku isn't blown out.

Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (Aichi)
LF Kawada Kouhei
2B Katou Daiki
CF Nakamura Kento
C Itou Hiroshi
1B Yatazaki Akedo
3B Sugimoto Isamu
SS Satou Yuuki
RF Naitou Ryousuke
P Ueno Shoutarou

Gifu Jyouhoku (Gifu)
CF Ikeo Shunsuke
RF Hauashi Gouki
1B Hirai Sumire
C Miyakawa Keita
LF Nakamura Tatsuya
P Sumi Naoki
2B Naruse Jyunya
3B Itou Kouki
SS Muraki Ryousuke


13:55 - First pitch!

Top 1st
Gifu Jyouhoku is in for the first time in a while, and um... 5 consecutive hits later, it's 3-0... Fortunately nothing less after that, but ace Sumi's slow curve is doing him no favors other than speeding up Chuukyou's bats.

Bottom 1st
Wow, very sloppy play from Chuukyoudai Chuukyou. Error by Sugimoto to start the game, and that's followed up by a ringing liner to center.

And now Satou throws a ball away to 2nd! Ikeo scores and it's 3-1! That's uncharacteristic of them.

Fortunately Ueno strikes out the next 2 batters looking, so no extra harm done.

Top 2nd
It feels like a "Here we go again" when Kawada singles to left. But a 6-3 DP turned by Muraki helps Sumi turn a 1-2-3 inning. Sorta.

Bottom 2nd
There's almost no point reporting on the bottom of Gifu Jyouhoku's lineup. Given their BAs I'd be surprised if they got more than 2-3 hits combined.

Top 3rd
Sumi has actually settled down. Gives up a leadoff double, but then gets a little help by Hirai on a liner before getting a harmless popup and groundout.

Bottom 3rd
Gifu Jyouhoku is getting their hits in, but they're pressing a bit. After a leadoff single by Ikeo, Hayashi avoids a double play by hustling to first, only to get thrown out trying to steal 2nd...

Top 4th
A HBP to lead off the inning comes back to haunt Sumi as a ball to center by Kawada is just out of Ikeo's reach, making it 4-1.

Sumi is fortunate to get the loud hits right at his players, as he gets the next 2 to end the inning.

Bottom 4th
Leadoff hit by Miyakawa erased by another double play. Winds up going 1-2-3.

5th Inning
The teams have settled down, but that also means Chuukyoudai Chuukyou has the better of it.

The game is really accelerating with both sides making little progress even getting on base.

Things get interesting in the 8th where PH Mouri (hitting for Itou), singles. Then Muraki shoots one through the right side and there's a situation for Gifu to make some headway.

But before that Kawada is down due to some injury, or cramp maybe.

And before you know it, after Fukutomi replaces him, Ikeo grounds into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning...

Gifu Jyouhoku gets another base hit to lead off 9th, but again, it's a 6-4-3 double play.  Chuukyoudai Chuukyou professionally dispatches Gifu Jyouhoku 4-1. Ueno looks good, but shows he's certainly hittable.

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