September 8th, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LWWLL
|W: Houlton (11-6); L: Muranaka (8-6); S: Nishimura (3-1-24)|
An optimist would say Tokyo lost by a slightly smaller margin than they did last night. Your humble narrator here is not that optimistic. Losing two in a row to anyone sucks. It sucks even worse when it’s Gomiuri and the Birds’ got hit more than one of Miles Davis’s paramours.
|1||Chono (RF)||1||Yuhei (CF)|
|2||Fujimura (2B)||2||Morioka (SS)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Balentien (RF)|
|4||Abe (1B)||4||Milledge (LF)|
|5||Murata (3B)||5||Kawabata (3B)|
|6||Yano (LF)||6||Tanaka (2B)|
|7||Ota (CF)||7||Takeuchi (1B)|
|8||Kanematsu (C)||8||Kawamoto (C)|
|9||Houlton (P)||9||Muranaka (P)|
|RP||Fukuda, Yamaguchi, Nishimura||RP||Matsui, Oshimoto, Hidaka, Masubuchi|
Like last night, the Giants came out of the corner swinging and landed a few big punches early.
In the top of the first, with one out due to a sac-bunt and Chono and Sakamoto on the corners, Abe hit a two-run double to center. Murata then engaged in an epic ten-pitch at-bat that resulted in a ground-out. Yano soon made up for that with an RBI single. 3-0 Yomiuri.
There was hope in Mudville, though. (Actually, the Swallows wouldn’t be the Mudville Nine in that analogy, would they?) Yuhei got walked, Morioka got hit by a pitch, and Balentien hit a timely RBI double, which also put two men in scoring position. Milledge added one more run with a sac-fly. 3-2 Yomiuri.
That’s as close as it would get, though. Sakamoto hit an RBI double in the fourth and Houlton made up for his shaky first inning by hitting an RBI in the fifth. 5-2 Yomiuri, Final.
Fujimoto, Miyade, Fukuchi, and Miyamoto all stepped up to the plate for Tokyo in later innings, but to no avail.
One more chance to avoid the sweep tomorrow, also in Niigata. Ishikawa for Tokyo and Miyaguni for his corporate overlords on the mound.