August 7th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5:WWLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Fujii (6-2 / 3.14 ERA); L: Ishikawa (6-9/ 3.54)|
Tokyo’s fortunes continue to head in a downward direction towards a tatty looking box marked “dog shit” as they lose their fourth straight against the cellar dwelling BayStars. Joy of joys.
|Aranami (CF)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|Uchimura (2B)||2||Yamada (SS)|
|Nakamura (3B)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|Ramirez (LF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Gotoh (1B)||5||Kawabata (3B)|
|Watanabe (SS)||6||Tanaka (2B)|
|Koike (RF)||7||Miyade (RF)|
|Tsuruoka (C)||8||Aikawa (C)|
Ishikawa started and was once again less than stellar, as he was tagged with the loss for his 6.1 IP / 120 P / 7 H / 6 K / 1 BB / 5 R / 3 ER shift. Masanori has now failed to register a win in the five starts since his last win against Chunichi which came way back on July 4th.
After three strikeouts gave him a good start in the 1st, he gave up a run in the 2nd, but it could have been much worse. After two singles and a dead ball had loaded the bases with no outs, a one-out Tsuruoka RBI ground out put Yokohama ahead 1-0.
Another two runs came in the 3rd, via a two-run shot from, yes you guessed it, Nori Nakamura. No sign of a let up from his ridiculous form against the Swallows then. Joy. 3-0 Yokohama.
Tokyo’s only run of the game came in the 4th, as a Tanaka single and Miyade triple made it 3-1.
And the BayStars put on the cherry on top of the shit sandwich late on with two runs in the 7th: Masabuchi came in to get the last two outs of the inning and gave up a two run double (5-1), and then five runs in the 8th with Fernandes on the mound: double, two walks, a single (7-1), another walk, and a triple (10-1). Abe came in to get the last out of the inning and pitched a perfect 9th. 10-1 Yokohama Final.
- Tokyo had a couple of other chances. In the 1st they put men on the corners with two outs, but Kawabata could only fly out to second. In the 5th, Hiyane singled for his first pro hit and would end up stranded at third, as Milledge flew out to left to end the inning.
- I don’t really know what else to say, things are not going well across the board. At all. The starting pitching is an ongoing concern, with the two guys usually relied upon to put wins on the board, Ishikawa and Tateyama, simply not doing so, while injuries (on top of overuse of some arms) have left the bullpen dangerously thin (we should not be having to rely on someone like Fernandes to contribute regularly). The hitting has also been stymied by injuries (for Fernandes, see Hiyane etc), and has failed to find any kind of consistency over the course of this season. All-in-all not a recipe for winning baseball.
- Yokohama lead the season series 8-5.
- Yokohama series are fast becoming like some kind of recurring nightmare from which you wake up having shit the bed. They really are that much fun.
- Tomorrow will see the return of Shichijo who will be given a shot at plugging a starting rotation hole for Tokyo against Yokohama’s Kobayashi.
- That’s all I can muster. I’m off to tune in to some Olympics action to raise my flagging spirits.