May 23rd, 2012
Chiba Lotte Marines 5
Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL
(QVC Marine Field)
Whatever shortcomings our own Messrs. Watkins and Pellegrini may find in its charms (listen to the podcast), the PL continues to demonstrate it’s aplomb in one area of particular interest, viz. baseball.
|W: Greisinger (5-1); L: Akagawa (3-3)|
Despite staying close to the Marines in terms of hits, the Swallows’ run production continued to be AWOL. Let us hope it merely stopped at Disneyland and will soon run out of money, forcing it to return to work. Moving Milledge to center didn’t appear to make much difference.
|1||Tanaka (2B)||1||Okada (CF)|
|2||Fukuchi (LF)||2||Nemoto (SS)|
|3||Milledge (CF)||3||Iguchi (2B)|
|4||Balentien (RF)||4||Saburo (DH)|
|5||Hatakeyama (1B)||5||Kakunaka (LF)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Kiyota (RF)|
|7||Yuichi (DH)||7||Satozaki (C)|
|8||Aikawa (C)||8||Imae (3B)|
|9||Morioka (SS)||9||Honya (1B)|
Former Swallow (and Giant, but we’ll leave that out) Seth Greisinger pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits, but stuck to his pitch count and left the game having tossed 104 pebbles at our guys.
Meanwhile, young Akagawa owned the Seagulls from Afar for four innings, giving up only one hit and one walk. In the fifth, a Tanaka error at second let Kakunaka on. A walk of Satozaki put a second man on, and a hit by Imae drovein the first run of the game. 1-0 Chiba.
The sixth inning was worse. Akagawa started by giving up a double to Nemoto. This was followed by an Iguchi single, putting men on the corners. Then Kakunaka tripled to center, the jerk. Two runs in.
Masubuchi took over pitching duties. A Kiyota groundder back tot he mound was enough to bring Kakunaka home. 4-0 Chiba.
Yamamoto hurled in the seventh for the Birds. An Imae hit was followed by a Nemoto RBI triple. Another RBI triple. 5-0 Chiba.
In the top of the eighth, Rosa took over for Chiba and gave up a double to Aikawa. Tanaka walked and a Fukuchi pop up to right moved Aikawa to third, whence he was driven home by a Milledge single. 5-1 Chiba, Final.
Onodera notched one K and gave up a double while getting Tokyo safely through the bottom of the eighth.
Uchi struck out Hatakeyama, then struck out Miyamoto on three pitches, then got Yuichi to pop out to end the game.
The rain make up and shot a revenge (and at preserving some dignity) is tomorrow.