Interleague play started last week and the most interesting of the six opening series were the three games between the Fighters and Swallows played at Jingu Stadium. On Tuesday the Fighters had shutout the Swallows through the first seven innings behind the strong pitching of Takayuki Katoh but had only managed to score one run off of Yakult's pitching. Pinch hitter Soma Uchiyama hit a solo home run to tie the game up in the bottom of the eighth. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eleventh inning when Munetaka Murakami hit a two run walk off home run to win the game for the Swallows 3-1.
The next night the Fighters had a 3-0 lead after six innings but the Swallows scored three in the bottom of the seventh to tie it up. The Fighters scored once in the top of the eighth but the Swallows matched it in the bottom of the eighth. Nippon-Ham then scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 6-4 lead but lightning struck again, this time in the form of Kotaro Yamasaki hitting a walk off three run home run for 7-6 Swallows win.
Thursday night saw the Fighters get revenge. The Swallows lead 4-2 after seven innings and 5-3 after eight but the Fighters tied the game in the top of the ninth on back-to-back solo home runs from Chusei Mannami and Arismendy Alcantara. Nippon-Ham exploded for four runs in the top of the tenth - two of which came off a two run shot from Alcantara - and held off Yakult in the bottom of the inning (the Swallows did get a run) for a 9-6 win.
I thought I'd show cards of the two Swallows sayonara home run hitters - Murakami and Yamasaki. I'd show Alcantara too but I don't have any cards of him yet.
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