September 20th, 2011
Yomiuri Giants 6
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WDLWL
Tokyo’s last game of the season with Yomiuri was one to forget. But it shouldn’t overshadow the 12W-8L-4D winning record for the year, which represents the Swallows’ first winning season against the brainwashed orange tribe in eleven years.
- Aoki (CF)
- Tanaka (2B)
- Kawabata (SS)
- Hatakeyama (1B)
- Takeuchi (LF)
- Miyamoto (3B)
- Balentien (RF)
- Aikawa (C)
- Muranaka (P)
- Fujimura (2B)
- Terauchi (3B)
- Sakamoto (SS)
- Chono (CF)
- Abe (C)
- Ramirez (LF)
- Yano (RF)
- Fields (1B)
- Sawamura (P)
Muranaka started for Tokyo and wasn’t great, at all, as he fell victim to the long ball for the first of two times this game in the 2nd, a two-out walk and a Fields shot to right making it 2-0 Yomiuri.
Tokyo scored what would be their only run of the evening in the 3rd, as singles from Aikawa, Aoki and Tanaka made it 2-1.
In the bottom of the 4th, another homer, this time from pig-boy Abe extended the lead to 3-1, while two doubles in the 5th made it 4-1.
That was it for Muranaka (4.2IP/5H/4K/1BB/4ER) as Ogawa, with Sawamura well in control of the Tokyo bats, opted to give some of the bullpen’s lesser lights a run out during the remainder of the game:
Tetsuya Yamamoto (1.80) came in to the game in relief of Muranaka and got the final out of the 5th.
Hashimoto (4.42) pitched the 6th, giving up two runs off another pig-boy homer, 6-1.
And that was that for the scoring as Hidaka (11.25) and Matsui (4.67) pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings respectively. 6-1 Yomiuri Final.
Muranaka took the loss and his record is now at 4-5/3.66.
Tokyo were outhit 8-6, and didn’t manage more than one hit in an inning outside of the 3rd. The only bright spots with the bat came from the no.1 and 2 slots as Aoki (.295) and Tanaka (.255) each hit twice.
With Chunichi winning in Yokohama tonight, the Tokyo lead is reduced to 4.5 games. The Swallows now (typhoon permitting) play Hiroshima for one game tomorrow evening at Jingu before travelling to Nagoya for a huge four game series against the Dragons from Thursday.