04/12/12 Yokohama (Home)

April 12th, 2012

Yokohama BayStars  4

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 2    Last 5: WWWLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Miura (2-0) L: Roman (0-2)

One day later, but the result was virtually the same, except no one could blame the weather tonight. The Swallows ended their 3 game set against the BayStars doing what no other team had managed to do this season, which was to lose 2 straight to the team from Yokohama.

 BayStars Swallows
1Kinjo (RF)1Yuhei (CF)
2Yamazaki (SS)2Tanaka (2B)
3Morimoto (CF)3Milledge (LF)
4Ramirez (LF)4Hatakeyama (3B)
5Nakamura (3B)5Kawabata (SS)
6Koike (1B)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Ishikawa (2B)7Balentien (RF)
8Kurobane (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Miura (P)9Roman (P)

Things were looking up in the bottom of the second when Miyamoto got a 1 out single (15 more to 2000), and the BayStars decided to intentionally walk Balentien to get to Nakamura. Nakamura, in for an injured Aikawa, made the BayStars pay with a single up the middle to load the bases for Roman. The game went off the rail after Roman attempted squeeze bunt. Except someone got their signals crossed, since the third base runner didn’t break on the pitch, leading to an easy play at the plate. Luckily, Roman got to first safely to preserve a chance for Yuhei. Unfortunately, Yuhei wasn’t able to stake a claim on the starting centerfielder job as he grounded out to first on just 2 pitches.

The BayStars got to Roman in the fourth after Nakamura got an 1 out walk, and Koike followed with a single to put men first and second. After getting Ishikawa to pop out to left, Roman gave up a sharp hit to center that went over Yuhei’s head for a  base-clearing double. 2-0 BayStars Miura helped his own cause one pitch later with a solid hit off the left field fence to score another run. 3-0 BayStars

The next inning started off badly as Yamazaki hit a ball hard to shallow center which Yuhei couldn’t catch on a slide, letting the ball get past him for a triple. Roman managed to get Morimoto and Ramirez to ground out harmlessly, but Nakamura finally got a hit up the middle to score Yamazaki. 4-0 Baystars.

Miura continued to pitch bend but not break ball, never allowing more than 1 runner per inning, and the Swallows got themselves shutout for the second game in a row. The Swallows managed to only score 2 runs over 3 games against the BayStars, a trend that cannot continue.

The culmination of a night of missed opportunities. Photo courtesy of Deanna Rubin.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.