9/09/12 – Yomiuri (“Home”)

September 9th, 2012

Yomiuri Giants 4

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Drew 1   Last 5: WWLLD

(Hard Off Eco Stadium, Niigata)

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The Birds jumped out to an early lead only to squander it two innings later.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Chono (RF)1Takai (CF)
2Yano (LF)
2Tanaka (2B)
3Sakamoto (SS)3Balentien (RF)
4Abe (1B)4Milledge (LF)
5Murata (3B)5Kawabata (SS)
6Ohta (CF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Nakai (2B)7Takeuchi (1B9
8Kato (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Miyaguni (P)9Ishikawa (P)

The first third of this game was a bit of a bore as not much was happening.

The top of the 4th saw Murata hit a towering shot down the 3rd base line that was ruled foul. Murata and all the giants’ supporters were celebrating it like it was a HR but the men in blue would have none of it. After a lenghty discussion (and a bit of a hint at the time-wasting measures later on), Hara eventually was told to sit down and he did. Murata would later ground-out.

Sorry son. That was a foul ball.

Sorry son. That was a foul ball.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Birds cracked the scoreless drought when the young and multi-talented Mr. Kawabata hit a line-drive HR that barely cleared the right-field fence. This was a 3-run shot as Tanaka and Milledge were already on base. 3 – 0 Tokyo

The Talented Mr. Kawabata hits a 3-run jack to take an early lead.

The Talented Mr. Kawabata hits a 3-run jack to take an early lead.

As great as this lead was, it would be short-lived. The giants would tie the game two innings later. The giants would load the bases with 2 singles and a walk. Waste of an uniform Takahashi would then double to clear the bases and tie the game. 3 – 3

The giants would take the lead one inning later when Chono would hit the third single of the inning scoring Nakai.  4 – 3 Yomiuri

The Birds didn’t fly away quietly, though. They rebounded and tied the game in the bottom of the eigth. Kawamoto lead off the inning with a single. Hiyane came in to pitch-run. He stole second and advanced to third when Tanaka bunted down the first base line. The bespectacled Hara then brought in his infield with Coco at the plate. He promptly hit a single right up the middle to tie the game. 4 – 4 

Coco ties the game at 4-4.

Coco ties the game at 4-4.

After a scoreless ninth, Hara decided to implement some lovely time wasting measures in the 10th, particularly when the Birds were batting. This lead to the game finishing past the 3 hour and 30 minutes deadline and the game concluded in a draw.

Yes! I am awesome. I waste time and we tie. Thank you. Thank you.

Yes! I am awesome. I waste time and we tie. Thank you. Thank you.

Notes:

  • Ishikawa’s line: 5 2/3 IP, 88 pitches, 4 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 3 ER
  • Miyaguni’s line: 5 IP, 71 pitches, 4 H, 1 HR, 4 SO, 2 BB, 3 ER
  • Ogawa has just agreed to a one-year extension
  • Monday is an off-day for the Birds
  • Starting on Tuesday, the Birds will be facing off against Hanshin for three days
About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.