July 4th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 12
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WWLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
This one was fun. Back on Sunday, the Swallows helped our young Canadian friend and Tsubamegunner, Kozo, celebrate Canada Day by spanking the Tigers, which is good for the soul. Tonight, in lieu of getting drunk and blowing stuff up, Christopher, Scott, and yours truly got to watch Tokyo blow up the Dragons, which is good for the standings.
|W: Ishikawa (6-6); L: Yoshimi (5-3)|
|1||Araki (2B)||1||Milledge (LF)|
|2||Oshima (CF)||2||Tanaka (2B)|
|3||Wada (LF)||3||Kawabata (SS)|
|4||Blanco (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Ibata (SS)||5||Balentien (RF)|
|6||Morino (3B)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Hirata (RF)||7||Matsui (CF)|
|8||Tanishige (C)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Yoshimi (P)||9||Ishikawa (P)|
In the second, Hatake led off the inning with a walk and Baltentien followed this up by depositing the first pitch he saw in the visiting fans’ collective lap. It may not have been the single Ogawa wanted to see, but it was number 21 for Coco and 2-0 Tokyo.
In the third, Tanaka singled, was moved to second by Kawabata on the hit-and-run, then scored when Coco smacked an RBI double. 3-0 Tokyo.
In the top of the fourth, the Dragons answered back, with a Wada double and an Ibata single setting the stage for an RBI line drive to center by Hirata. 3-1 Tokyo.
That lead too slim for you, Tokyoites and wannabe Tokyoites? Matsui to right for a base hit; Aikawa to left for the same, putting Matsui 90 feet from home; Ishikawa with a bunt that lands him safely on first, loading the bases. Then Milledge with an RBI single and Tanaka with an RBI sac-fly. 5-1 Tokyo.
The top of the sixth put a bit of tension into Tokyo’s Fourth of July (observed in much the same manner as the Third of July, of course), when Wada singled and Blanco aped Balentien’s signature move, placing the first pitch he saw in the stands. 5-3 Tokyo.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Birds decided to take requests and, after humming a medley of Bacharach hits, had Ishikawa start the side with a single, then advance to third on a Milledge double out to the fence. Tanaka and Kawabata then hit back-to-back line drive RBI singles to right. Hatake struck out, but that’s OK because Balentien smacked homer number 22 into the visiting Nagoyans. 10-3 Tokyo.
Chunichi made up an inch of ground in the eighth when Oshima tripled, then scored on a Wada sac-fly. 10-4 Tokyo.
Two outs into the bottom of the eighth, Fludge made good with a single. Balentien then again failed to hit a good single, instead hitting home run number 23 to center. 12-4 Tokyo, Final.
Ishikawa took the win with an eight-inning, nine-hit, four-run, 121-pitch effort.
Next up, Tokyo slaps Chunichi around again.