May 15th, 2010
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The offensive impotence continues.
Yoshimoto, as you can see, got the start at third which pushed Miyamoto over to short for the first time this season. Yoshimoto (2-4) ended up being the only player in a white jersey to come up with a multi-hit game with a double in the second and a single in the fourth. Fujimoto was likely sitting this one out as penance for that dropped infield pop fly on Thursday.
But other than drawing a few walks, that’s about all that transpired at the plate for the birds. Miyamoto (0-3), Aoki (0-2, 2 BB), Guiel (0-3, 1 BB), and Aikawa (0-3) all went hitless.
Tokyo’s best chance came in the bottom of the first when Tanaka led off with a single and was Tak-bunted over to second for that all-important first out. Aoki then negated the value of the bunt by drawing a walk, and with two outs, Guiel loaded the bases by doing the same (Tanaka and Aoki had already shifted over on a double steal on D’Antona 3-2 strikeout pitch).
But with two outs on the board, and thus no chance for a sac fly, Iihara tried and failed to hit to the opposite field by grounding out to first to end the threat.
The final scoreline was put together in the second inning when Kawasaki drove in a pair of runs for the visitors to make it 2-0 SoftBank.
Although arguably not a Tak-bunt situation, Takada had Nakazawa bunt with one out and Yoshimoto on first in the fourth inning. This bunt also failed to lead to anything positive as Wada collected the ball quickly and fired to second to start a 1-6-3 double play.
The second inning notwithstanding, Nakazawa (3-2, 1.65) had a decent game. He threw 113 pitches over seven innings and the eight hits that he gave up only led to two runs being scored (both earned). He also mixed in two K’s, three walks, and a wild pitch.
Oshimoto (1-3, 1.80) and Matsuoka (0-1, 1.23) both pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Game two of this short interleague series will be played tomorrow starting at 6pm at Jingu.
Aside from Iihara’s single in the ninth, no Tokyo runners reached base during the final four innings of the game.
Tokyo was outhit 9-5 by the Hawks.
Nakazawa’s 1.65 ERA puts him at the top of the Central League.
The current three game losing streak was preceded by streaks of five and six games. Seven this time?
Takada Count: 5