August 9th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows made up for the last 400 yen beer night, and played a brisk 1-0 game that Tsubamegun writers dream about.
|W: Roman (7-7); L: Takasaki (5-8)|
|1||Sho Aranami (CF)||1||Lastings Milledge (LF)|
|2||Kensuke Uchimura (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Norihiro Nakamura (3B)||3||Kazuki Fukuchi (CF)|
|4||Alex Ramirez (LF)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Tatsuhiko Kinjo (RF)||5||Jun Matsui (RF)|
|6||Naoto Watanabe (SS)||6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)|
|7||Masatoshi Goto (1B)||7||Ryosuke Morioka (SS)|
|8||Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)||8||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|9||Kentaro Takasaki (P)||9||Orlando Roman (P)|
Things looked a little hairy to start the game. Roman, coming off a complete game shutout against the Tigers, gave up a walk to Aranami to start the game. Nakamura erased the runner with a bullet to second to catch Aranami trying to steal. Roman gave up hits to Uchimura and Ramirez to put men on the corners, but the BayStars were not able to capitalize. No BayStar runner touched second base for the rest of the night.
The Swallows got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Milledge started things off with a hit that streched into a double thanks to some hard running. Kawabata tak-bunted Milledge to third, and one out later, Hatakeyama drove home the runner with a single. 1-0 Swallows
A little over 2 hours and 116 Roman pitches later the Swallows had themselves a tidy 1-0 win. Roman got his second consecutive complete game shutout after throwing 136 pitches, giving up 7 hits, 3 walks, and getting 7 strikeouts. The game lasted just 2 hours and 31 minutes, and was played before 18,501 fans. Nice and easy!
The Swallows will move up the Sobu line and play the Giants over the weekend. The Swallows haven’t played the Giants since late-June, and will need to win a significant portion of their 13 remaining games against the Giants to make a dent in the CL.