May 13, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: L1 Last 5: LLWDL
(Akita Komachi Stadium)
|W: Sawamura (3-3); L: Tateyama (3-2)|
Sometimes you lose in spirit by tying and sometimes you just actually lose. This one was fairly close until the end, which adds excitement and agony.
|1||Chono (CF)||1||Tanaka (2B)|
|2||Fujimura (2B)||2||Morioka (SS)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|4||Murata (3B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Abe (C)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Takahashi (RF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Tani (LF)||7||Yuhei (CF)|
|8||Bowker (1B)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Sawamura (P)||9||Tateyama (P)|
The first spate of runs came in the second, when Murata and Abe hit, Tateyama walked Takahashi, then Tani and Bowker hit back-to-back RBIs before Tateyama got it together to manage three outs in a row. 2-0 Yomiuri.
The Swallows didn’t answer until the eighth, when Mathieson took over pitching duties for the Giants. Milledge doubled, Balentien singled and was replaced on the basepaths by Hiyane, bringing up Hatake with men on the corners. Hatake hit into a double play, but Milledge made it home. 2-1 Yomiuri.
In the top of the ninth, Hirai took the mound for Tokyo and promptly gave up a hit to Tani, who was replaced by Suzuki, whom Bowker then sac-bunted to second, and that was it for Hirai. Kyuko took over.
Kyuko continued the trend, giving up a hit to Kamei, then an RBI to Chono. Then things got ugly. Fujimura hit one back to the mound, at which point an Aikawa error left the Birds down one more run and facing runners on first and second.
Exeunt, Kyuko. Enter, Abe, off of whom Terauchi hit an RBI double. 5-1 Yomiuri, Final.
Tokyo now gets a merciful couple of days off, to return fresh and ready to thump SoftBank on Wednesday.