June 25th, 2011
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo took a second game on the trot from the visiting BayStars. Unlike last night, however, they assumed control of the game much earlier on and let the bullpen bring the win home.
- Ishikawa (SS)
- Morimoto (CF)
- Sledge (LF)
- Murata (3B)
- Nakamura (1B)
- Watanabe (2B)
- Yoshimura (RF)
- Takeyama (C)
- Yamamoto (P)
- Aoki (CF)
- Tanaka (2B)
- Whitesell (1B)
- Hatakeyama (LF)
- Balentien (RF)
- Miyamoto (3B)
- Kawabata (SS)
- Aikawa (C)
- Ishikawa (P)
Tokyo got off to what looked like a promising start in the first by loading the bases. Aoki’s lead-off single was followed by a Tanaka Tak-bunt. A second out soon came in the form of a Whitesell groundout to the catcher. But Hatakeyama and Balentien both worked bunts to load the bases with two outs. However, Miyamoto could only ground out to short to end the threat and the inning.
And the birds put two more runners on base in the second, but nobody crossed home plate yet again to leave five men stranded in the first two frames.
But things finally got going in the third after Ishikawa notched his second 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Hatakeyama and Whitesell came through with consecutive singles before the first out arrived care of a grounder to second. Miyamoto’s single to right plated Whitesell, and Kawabata earned an RBI on his 5-3 groundout. 2-0 Tokyo.
After Ishikawa got three outs on three pop flies in the top of the fourth, Tokyo got back to business in the home portion of that inning. Ishikawa singled to center to begin the embarrassment, and an out and a walk later, Whitesell was able to notch an RBI on his second hit in as many at bats. Hatakeyama then brought Tanaka around to score on an RBI single of his own before Coco ended the inning via GIDP. 4-0 Tokyo.
Yokohama got one back in the top of the fifth, and Ishikawa was once again saved by his uncanny ability to get the outs when he truly needs them. This time he benefited from an inning-ending double play. 4-1 Final.
Ishikawa got the win on six innings of work and his record now stands at five wins and four losses. His ERA improved slightly to 2.69, and the one earned run came off of seven hits, five Ks and a single walk.
Oshimoto (3.66 ERA), Barnette (1.35) and Lim (1.48) all pitched scoreless innings in relief with Lim recording his 15th save in the process.
Tokyo out hit Yokohama 12-8 in this contest with Hatakeyama leading the way on 3-3 hitting with an RBI and a walk. Miyamoto, Aoki and Whitesell chipped in with two hits apiece.
The final game of this home stand against Yokohama starts tomorrow at 2 PM where Tokyo will attempt to complete the sweep and stay firmly on top of the Central League standings.