7/16/12 – Yokohama (Away)

July 16th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 5

Yokohama BayStars 7

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WDLWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

 

And the ill-inducing performance continues against the Yokohama “washed up” ‘Stars.

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W: Oohara (1-0) ; L: Masubuchi (2-4) ; S: Yamaguchi (12)

Tonight saw Roman battle it out against Fujii. Both pitchers did well on the mound and at the plate.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Milledge (LF)1Ishikawa (2B)
2Tanaka (2B)2Watanabe (SS)
3Kawabata (3B)3Nakamura (3B)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Ramirez (LF)
5Matsui (RF)5Tsutsugo (1B)
6Fukuchi (LF)6Kinjoh (RF)
7Morioka (SS)7Aranami (CF)
8Nakamura (C)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Roman (P)9Fujii (P)

The “washed up” Stars got on the board first in the home half of the 1st. Back to back singles were aided by an error to load the bases and nobody out. Ramirez then grounded out to Tanaka at 2nd for the first out of the inning. Ishikawa scored on the play, though. 1 – 0 Yokohama

Tsutsugo and Kinjoh would both ground out to end the inning and no additional damage was done.

The Birds would jump in front in the 2nd. They would score 2 runs with 2 outs. Fukuchi would get on base after a Matsui ground out. Morioka would be the second out of the inning when he struck out. Nakamura would walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Up walked the new power hitter. Roman smacked a double to right-center to score both runners and to make up for his rough start to the game. 2 – 1 Tokyo

However, our moronic third base coach would be the end to this threat. Once again (my previous rant) he sends a runner when he shouldn’t. Here is what happened: Milledge hits a decent single to center and Shiroishi waves Roman home. Now, Roman is a decent athlete but one can not expect him to beat a throw home from shallow center. Of course, Roman was out.

Roman did well on the mound and the plate tonight.

Roman did well on the mound and the plate tonight.

The ‘Stars would score 2 more in the bottom of the second. First Aranami leads off the inning with a triple to center. He would score on a sac-fly by Tsuruoka. 2 – 2

Ishikawa would walk and later score on a Watanabe hit. 3 – 2 Yokohama

The Birds would retake the lead in the 4th. Morioka would be the first runner of the inning with a single to left. Nakamura followed him with a hit to right. Roman would be the second out of the inning on a ground out to the pitcher. All didn’t matter as Mr. Milledge decided to give some lucky fan a souvenir by smacking a shot into the left field stands. 5 – 3 Tokyo

Pretty much one of two highlights of the night. Milledge knocks one out.

Pretty much one of two highlights of the night. Milledge knocks one out.

Of course, the game would be tied by the end of the 5th inning. Ruiz would hit a HR in the bottom of the 4th and Ramirez would score on a sac-fly in the bottom of the 5th. 5 – 5

The ‘Stars would score the final 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Thus leading to yet another poor result against the Baystars.  7 – 5 Yokohama

This should not happen the rest of the season. Please Swallows don't let this happen any more.

This should not happen the rest of the season. Please Swallows don’t let this happen any more.

Notes:

  • Can someone please erase the curse that is hanging over the Swallows every time they play the Baystars? It is unbelievable.
  • Why don’t Central League teams play day games on a holiday? PL teams usually do.
  • Swallows need to fire Shiroishi. I estimate he has cost us at least 5 games this year.
  • 15,493 folks were in attendance
  • Game lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes
  • Same two teams go at it tomorrow. On the hill are Akagawa for the Birds and grease lightning Miura for the Baystars.

 

About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.