June 20th, 2012
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0
Last 5: WWLWL Streak: Lost 1
The last gasp of an ugly Interleague interlude was, appropriately, twice-delayed. After a typhoon cleared the heavens, Tokyo had no choice but to face their nearby neighbors from that concrete pipe to the East.
|W: Watanabe (3-2); L: Tateyama (4-5)|
|1||Okada (CF)||1||Milledge (CF)|
|2||Nemoto (SS)||2||Morioka (2B)|
|3||Imae (3B)||3||Kawabata (SS)|
|4||Saburo (LF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)
|5||Kakunaka (RF)||5||Balentien (RF)|
|6||Ohmatsu (1B)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Satozaki (C)||7||Matsui (LF)|
|8||Suzuki (2B)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Watanabe (P)||9||Tateyama (P)|
The scoring started early and mundanely. With two outs, Tateyama walked Imae, gave up a single to Saburo, then gave up an RBI double to Kakunaka. 1-0 Chiba.
One out into the top of the fifth, Nemoto hit an outside fastball that just made it over the fence left of center, but made it over nonetheless. 2-0 Chiba.
The game got uglier. In the sixth, Kakunaka and Ohmatsu hit safely, then two outs later, Watanabe hit
a two-RBI double an RBI while Milledge decided to make a throw after Ohmatsu had stopped at third, botched it, and another run scored. 4-0 Chiba.
Hirai took the mound for Tokyo in the seventh and started off by giving up a deep double to Nemoto. Two outs later (the second one a K), he was pulled in favor of Hidaka, who gave up an RBI single to Kakunaka. 5-0 Chiba.
In the ninth, just to add a final stamp of unpleasantness, Shoda gave up a double to Okada, who was grounded over to third, then scored on an Imae sac fly. 6-0 Chiba, Final.
Good riddance, Interleague. Now, it’s back to the CL, where the Giants are now on top, but the B-class remains perennially B-class, which leaves hope the Swallows’ collective breast.