June 22nd, 2012
Yomiuri Giants 2
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLWLW
(Nagano Olympic Stadium)
Tonight saw the two Tokyo teams battle it out in… Nagano Olympic stadium. As it was supposed to be a Giants home game, they were dressed in the home colors.
|W: Akagawa (5-4); L: Utsumi (6-5) S Barnette (17)|
Tonight was the first game back after the interleague interlude finally was completed. Yomiuri looked to ride the tide of success that they had during interleague play, while the Swallows were glad to see the return of Central League play.
|Chono (CF)||1||Milledge (CF)|
|Terauchi (2B)||2||Tanaka (2B)|
|Sakamoto (SS)||3||Kawabata (SS)|
|Murata (3B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Abe (C)||5||Balentien (RF)|
|Takahashi (RF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|Edgar (1B)||7||Matsui (LF)|
|Tani (LF)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Utsumi (P)||9||Akagawa (P)|
This was not a night that the bespectacled manager, Hara, will probably care about recalling. He will probably also reconsider the notion that his pitchers are the best in all of Japan. Also, the news that proves he is a jack##s, makes tonight’s result sting a little bit more.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here are 3,000 words for you that cover tonight’s game:
If you can’t imagine what happened tonight, let me fill you in. Pretty much Coco was a one man wrecking crew this evening. He accounted for 4 of the 5 runs by hitting 2 home runs, bringing his NPB leading total to 17 on the season. The 4 RBI’s he had tonight also increased his CL lead in the RBI category. His year to date total is 38. In between his personal HR derby, the Swallows also scored their 2nd run when Miyamoto singled and scored on Miyade’s double. 5 – 0 Swallows
Akagawa pitched 7 innings of baseball, 6 of which were great. In the 7th inning he gave up 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Granted this could have been prevented if Matsui had kept his eyes open when he leapt for a deep fly ball hit by Murata to lead off the bottom of 7th. Murata was followed by a single from Abe. Takahashi would ground out to Tanaka for the first out, but Murata would easily score on the play. 5 – 1 Swallows
Edgar would follow that with a single to left to put runners on the corners, once again. Yomiuri would score their second and final run when Tani hit a grounder to Kawabata and took the force out at second. 5 – 2 Swallows.
Lim came in for the 8th inning and struggled a bit after getting a double play for the first two outs. The back to back singles he gave to Sakamoto and Murata were the end of his night. Hidake came in and got Abe to fly out to Coco to end the inning.
Barnette closed out the ninth for his 17th save.
- Akagawa’s line for the night: 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 HR, 5 K’s, 1 BB, 2 ER, 121 pitches
- Utsumi’s line for the night: 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 HR, 5 K’s, 4 BB, 2 ER, 105 pitches
- Something I noted when I had the pleasure of watching Lotte beat the Giants at Tokyo Dome a few weeks ago, Giants fans do not recognize the difference between a foul ball, a pop-out, a fly out, a hit, or a HR ball when the batter hits the ball. They assume that every ball is a HR and when it isn’t, they exhale in disappointment. It is actually quite amusing but gets slightly annoying. Happened again in this game and I merely sighed and said “out number ___”
- And a bonus shot: