September 1st, 2012
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Drew 2 Last 5: LWDDW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Tateyama (9-8); L: Iwata (5-5)|
While the Swallows routinely get thumped by the both the top and bottom teams in the Central League, they own the Dragons.
|1||Oshima (CF)||1||Hiyane (RF)|
|2||Morino (3B)||2||Tanaka (2B)|
|3||Wada (LF)||3||Fujimoto (1B)|
|4||Blanco (1B)||4||Milledge (LF)|
|5||Ibata (SS)||5||Kawabata (SS)|
|6||Donoue (RF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Araki (2B)||7||Yuhei (CF)|
|8||Tanaka (C)||8||Kawamoto (C)|
|9||Iwata (P)||9||Tateyama (P)|
|RP||Nelson, Sosa, Muto||RP||Yamamoto, Barnette|
In a 6-2 win, Lastings Milledge chalked up six RBIs and made a strong play at challenging yours truly for the position of Greatest Tsubamegun Figure to have Grown Up in Florida and Lived in the Charlotte Area. (Sure, he has much better numbers, a much brighter baseball future, and the ability to run 90 feet without falling down, but your humble narrator here packs beers so well they get colder during the game. Ask yourself what’s really important in the long run.)
After a quick 1-2-3 top of the first, young Hiyane hit safely and was, really fucking stupidly, bunted to second by Tanaka. Fiery Fujimoto then walked. This brought up the Man of the Day, Mr. Milledge, who cranked the fifth pitch he saw into the visiting oendan for a three-run homer. 3-0 Tokyo.
Chunichi attempted a comeback immediately thereafter. Blanco struck out, then Ibata and Donoue hit, getting on the corners. Araki then hit a grounder past third, driving in a run, before Tateyama K’ed Tanaka to end the inning. 3-1 Tokyo.
The Dragons narrowed the gap in the sixth when Oshima singled, stole second, then moved to third on a Morino ground-out. Wada then drive him home with a timely single. 3-2 Tokyo.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Swallows put it away with another big hit from Milledge. Sosa took the mound for the visitors and promptly gave up a hit to Kawamoto. Tateyama sac-bunted him over to second, Hiyane grounded out, then Sosa walked Tanaka. And Fujimoto. Bases loaded.
Milledge cracked a three-run double. Then poor Sosa threw a wild pitch, bringing Milledge to third and walked Kawabata. Miyamoto then popped out. Oh well, 6-2 Tokyo, Final.