April 18th, 2012
Hanshin Tigers 2
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
|W: Tateyama (1-0, 2.14); L: Kubo (1-1, 2.46); S: Barnette (1-0-5, 0.00)|
A win, dear friends, is a win. Tokyo’s durable starter, Tateyama, tossed 103 pitches over eight innings, giving up six hits, a walk, and two runs, while striking out seven on the way to his first win of the season (if you care about wins).
|1||Tanaka (2B)||1||Hirano (2B)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Shibata (CF)|
|3||Milledge (LF)||3||Toritani (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Arai (3B)|
|5||Kawabata (SS)||5||Brazell (1B)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Murton (RF)|
|7||Balentien (RF)||7||Kanemoto (LF)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Komiyama (C)|
|9||Tateyama (P)||9||Kubo (P)|
Tateyama started off by walking Hirano. Hanshin is as stupid as any team, so Shibata bunted him to second. Toritani then pushed him to third with a single to left before Arai knocked him in on a ground out. 1-0 Hanshin.
The Tigers added to the lead in the third when the top of the order got on again. Hirano singles this time, then moved to second when the cocky Tigers thought they needed only two outs. Arai drove in the run again, this time with a line drive single to center. 2-0 Hanshin.
In the top of the fourth, Tokyo’s new regulars earned their keep. Ueda hit a line drive to center and Milledge put him in scoring position with a hit and run. Hatakeyama then hit a sac fly to bring in the run. 2-1 Hanshin.
In the sixth, Tanaka added one more mark to the having-your-number-two-hitter-routinely-get-out-on-purpose-is-idiotic column when hit. Ueda did, too. Kubo walked Milledge and Hatake grounded in a run, although Milledge got nabbed on the way to second. Kawabata followed that with another RBI before Miyamoto struck out to end the inning. 3-2 Tokyo, Final.
Barnette gave up one hit while earning his fifth save as the new closer. Tsutsui pitched the last two innings for the bad guys.
More base-balling fun to-morrow, when the home team puts Ando on the mound against Ishikawa.