July 18th, 2012
Yokohama BayStars 4
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
|W: Kobayashi (1-1); L: Ishikawa (6-7)|
As our own Mr. Watkins said yesterday, “This has to stop.” Unfortunately, Mr. Watkins’s ability to issue orders to the baseball Fates is only as strong at the Swallows’ ability to defeat the BayStars.
|1||Milledge (LF)||1||Ishikawa (2B)|
|2||Tanaka (2B)||2||Watanabe (SS)|
|3||Matsui (CF)||3||Nakamura (3B)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Ramirez (LF)|
|5||Balentien (RF)||5||Tsutsugo (1B)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Koike (RF)|
|7||Morioka (SS)||7||Aranami (CF)|
|8||Aikawa (C)||8||Takajo (C)|
|9||Ishikawa (P)||9||Kobayashi (P)|
|RP||Yamamoto, Masubuchi||RP||Ohara, Kikuchi, Fujie, Shinohara, Kaga, Yamaguchi|
While Tokyo managed to outhit their hosts 12-8, they didn’t manage to bring a single man home, which is kind of how those of us out in the bleachers feel after these demoralizing trips to Yokohama.
Yokohama’s first run came in the second on hits by Koike, Aranami, and Kobayashi. 1-0 Yokohama.
In the sixth, with no outs, Ishikawa walked Watanabe on four straight pitches, gave up a double to Nakamura, and loaded the bases by giving up a single to Ramirez, who was replaced by the pinch-running Morimoto. Young Tsutsugo popped out, but Koike then doubled, driving in two runs.
This was followed by an Aranami pop-up to left, which was flubbed, allowing Koike to score and Aranami to make it to third. 4-0 Yokohama, Final.
Thankfully, the All-Star break has come. The Birds could use the rest, as could the Tsubamegun. (This particular writer will confess that he does not care at all about the All-Star Games, much less the home run derby and other nonsense.)
Tokyo will host Hiroshima on July 25th.