September 16th, 2010
Yomiuri Giants 4
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW
Tokyo stopped the skid tonight and scrabbled back up to .500 with a win almost blown near the last minute.
First, how the Birds scored.
After a 1-2-3 first, D’Antona started the second inning by hitting the first pitch he saw for a double. He was then pushed to third by an Iihara single and was brought home by an Aikawa sac fly. 1-0 Tokyo.
Takagi was not left in for long and Micheal came took the mound for the Giants in the fifth. Miyamoto welcomed him with a single, Hatakeyama followed up by reaching first on a fielding error, then D’Antona drove Miyamoto in. Micheal then hit Iihara, loading the bases. Aikawa followed this with his second sacrifice of the night, bringing in Hatake.
There was more, though. Micheal was yanked for Hoshino, but to no avail. Kawabata topped it off by brining D’Antona home. Huzzah! 4-0 Tokyo.
Hoshino started the sixth by walking Ishikawa, who was brought in by Miyamoto’s round-tripper to left. 6-0 Tokyo.
On the other side, Ishikawa started off with 3 2/3 perfect innings before giving up an inconsequential hit to Ogasawara. He carried the shutout, in which he hadn’t in much danger, to the eighth, when things took a turn for the worse.
With a full count against the pinch-hitting Kato, a routine grounder turned into a Miyamoto fumble. No problem, though. Two more easy outs left Ishikawa with a man on second and one out to get back to the bench.
Not to be.
Ogasawara struck again, doubling to ruin the shutout. Ramirez then singled, adding another mark to the board for Yomiuri. Abe then homered to finish Ishikawa for the night. Matsuoka came in in relief and promptly walked Yano before retiring Edgar to end the dismal inning. 6-4 Tokyo.
Lim notched another save against three batters, saving the team’s bacon. Phew.
Ishikawa took the win and deserved it, despite going out in a blaze. Takagi took the loss – such are the vagaries of scoring.
Tomorrow is a rare Friday off before the Swallows host the Dragons for set of three Saturday through Monday.