September 3rd, 2009
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW
Tokyo finally broke it’s losing streak on the back of a solid, complete-game 134-pitch performance by Ishikawa.
Tokyo’s starting lineup:
1. Fukuchi (LF)
2. Tanaka (2B)
3. Aoki (CF)
4. D’Antona (1B)
5. Guiel (RF)
6. Miyamoto (3B)
7. Kawashima (SS)
8. Aikawa (C)
9. Ishikawa (P)
Tokyo scored the first run of the game in the fourth when D’Antona’s walk, Guiel’s single to center, and Miyamoto’s beanball loaded the bases for Kawashima to hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored one. 1-0 Swallows.
However, Hanshin scored a run in the bottom of that inning when a bases-loaded groundout resulted in a runner crossing home plate. 1-1.
In the fifth, Fukuchi’s one-out single to right was eventually followed by an Aoki two-out single to right that brought the former home. 2-1 Tokyo.
And Guiel’s leadoff homer in the sixth put the score at 3-1 birds.
The Swallows scored their fourth and final run of the game when the oft/overused Egusa was brought in to handle the eighth. He got the first two outs relatively easily before things fell apart. Guiel drew a walk before Miyamoto’s single made things very interesting. Egusa proceeded to walk both Kawashima and Keizo to push Guiel home from third. 4-1 Swallows.
The Tigers got one run back in the bottom of that inning when Brazell scored on a Kanou single to right. 4-2 Tokyo.
And that’s basically how the game ended. Ishikawa’s resourceful and unrelenting night on the pitcher’s mound was rewarded with season win number 10. His ERA dropped slightly to 3.42.
The offensive player of the evening was Guiel who went 2-3 with a home run (number 22 on the year) and also added a walk. He ended up scoring two runs in this game and notched a single rbi.
Similarly, Miyamoto reached base three times care of two hits and a beaning.
Hopefully the Swallows can turn things around and have a month above .500 in September. Another high-stakes series begins tomorrow night as the Swallows return to Tokyo but head across town to take on first-place Yomiuri.
Friday night’s game starts at 6 pm.