7/17/12 – Yokohama (Away)

July 17th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 2

Yokohama BayStars 6

Streak:  Lost 2 Last 5: DLWLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

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W: Miura (8-4 / 2.72 ERA) L: Akagawa (5-5 / 3.56)

This has to stop.

Daisuke Miura pitched a two run complete game while Tokyo’s pitching staff countered with kindness by throwing a couple of innings of batting practice to the Yokohama bats. Norihiro Nakamura was once more the main architect of the Swallows demise, as he continued to make Tokyo his bitch from down the road. Yokohama now have a winning record against Tokyo, in fact the Swallows are the only team in the CL against which they have one.

This has to stop. Now.

TokyoOrderYokohama
Milledge (LF)1Ishikawa (2B)
Miwa (3B)2Watanabe (SS)
Tanaka (2B)3Nakamura (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)4Ramirez (LF)
Balentien (RF)5Tsutsugo (3B)
Matsui (CF)6Morimoto (RF)
Morioka (SS)7Aranami (CF)
Aikawa (C)8Kurobane (C)
Akagawa (P)9Miura (P)

May I suggest that we no longer pitch to this man.

Akagawa started for the Swallows and would last just three innings, and it all started to go wrong in the first of those. After putting up two outs on the board to start things off, Akagawa faced Swallows-killer Nakamura, who was coming into the game batting a whopping .514 against the birds in 2012. Rather surprisingly, he had yet to his a home run against Tokyo so far this year, and he soon rectified that by slamming a fastball that was left up and over the plate into the left field stands for 1-0 Yokohama. Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, next man up Rami-chan deposited another pitch left over the plate, this time a slider, a few rows back from where Nori had hit his for 2-0.

The next two runs followed in the 3rd, as singles from Miura (who is hitting .200 for the year), Ishikawa, and a bunt from Watanabe put both men in scoring positions for Nakamura. And he singled to right to bring home both runs to make it 4-0.

After managing just the one hit over the first three, Tokyo finally got to Miura in the top of the 4th. No-out singles for Miwa and Tanaka put two men on, but Hatake hit into a double play to leave Miwa at third with two red lights now on the board. Balentien then hit the first pitch he saw for a single to left and it was 4-1.

With Akagawa now seated, Fernandes pitched a decent 4th and 5th innings in relief, not allowing a hit through those two frames. He also came out for the 6th, allowed a no-out double to Ramirez, and was replaced with Shoda after getting two more outs, who took just one pitch to get out of the inning as he got Aranami to ground out to the pitcher.

Shoda pitched a one hit scoreless 7th before Oshimoto took the mound for the 8th. He then proceeded to offer the same batting practice service as Akagawa had done in the first, throwing pitches up and over the plate for Nakamura (5-1) and Koike (6-1) to slam back-to-back solo shots to left and the BayStars lead was a comfortable five runs.

Miura came out for the top of the 9th, looking for his league leading fifth complete game of the season, and despite giving up a run (Miledge infield single, Kawabata pinch-hit RBI double) he achieved his aim for a 6-2 Yokohama Final.

It was too easy for these two.

Pitching

  • Akagawa took the loss for another poor three innnings against the BayStars (the same length as in his last performance). His line: 3 IP / 54 P / 5 H / 2 K / 4 ER.
  • Fernandes can take heart from his 2 and 2/3 innings in relief. While still a little raw hopefully tonight’s performance will give him some more confidence and he can claim a more permanent role in middle relief going forward. His line: 2.2 IP / 34 P / 1 H / 1 BB / 1 HBP / 0ER.
  • Starting pitching is fast becoming a real problem for Tokyo. Let’s hope the All Star break rejuvenates some arms.

Batting

  • The top six slots in the Swallows order all had a hit apiece. The other two hits came courtesy of the bench: the 9th inning RBI double from Kawabata, and a Fukuchi double in the 8th. That double for Fukuchi to the wall in left was rendered meaningless, as he inexplicably tried to stretch a cast-iron double into a triple, and was ran down between bases.

Other Notes

  • The BayStars now lead the season series 6W-5L-1D. As a point of comparison, lets look at the other four CL teams’ records against the 25-48 shower from Yokohama: Yomiuri  4W-2L-2D, Chunichi  8W-2L-1D, Hiroshima  11W-1L, Hanshin  6W-5L-1D. As you can see, not good enough. If we had the same record as the now hot-on-our-heels-in-4th-place Hiroshima, we’d be right in the mix with the top two in the CL. As it is we’re a distant 3rd.
  • 11,958 souls were present tonight to witness Messrs Miura and Nakamura brush aside Tokyo in just 2 hours 28 minutes.
  • The worst song in Japanese baseball, “Ooooooooooh, Yokohama Baystars” has now been made worse by the substitution of “DeNa” for Yokohama in the chorus.

  • ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^FUCK THIS SONG^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  • The two teams will play out their last game before the All Star break tomorrow evening, weather permitting. Starters are due to be Ishikawa for us and Kobayashi for them.

 

 

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • Kozo

    You guys wanna see some sick numbers???

    Norihiro Nakamura’s 2012 Numbers vs. the Swallows

    21-for-39 with 2 homeruns, 8 walks (he has a combined 7 walks against the other 4 CL teams), and only 1 strikeout.

    That’s just wrong. But he has to regress back to the mean… right?