10/03/12 – Yokohama (Away)

October 3rd, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 7

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLWWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Takasaki (7-10); L: Akagawa (8-9); Fujie (3-4-1)

Another disappointing loss to the BayStars in a rain-shortened game in which the Swallows outhit their hosts 9-5, but failed to bring men home. This brings the record to 13-10-1.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Yuhei (CF)1Aranami (CF)
2Tanaka (2B)2Uchimura (2B)
3Fujimoto (1B)3Tsutsugo (3B)
4Balentien (RF)4Ramirez (LF)
5Kawabata (3B)5Goto (1B)
6Takeuchi (LF)6Watanabe (SS)
7Aikawa (C)7Ide (RF)
8Morioka (SS)8Takajo (C)
9Akagawa (P)9Takasaki (P)
RPHugo, AbeRPKikuchi, Fujie

Akagawa got off tor a rough start, giving up a hit to Aranami, who was then sac-bunted to second, walking Tsutsugo, then seeing both runners move into scoring position on a Ramirez infield fly. Goto then drove both runners in. Groan. 2-0 Yokohama.

The Swallows struck back when Takeuchi was hit, then driven in by Aikawa. 2-1 Yokohama.

Tokyo took the lead in the fourth, when Kawabata singled, then made it to second on a hit and run, before scoring on an Aikawa single. Aikawa advanced on a Morioka line drive, then scored on an Akagawa single. Always good stuff when the pitcher hits an RBI. 3-2 Tokyo.

Not for long, though. The guys with a crappy stadium in a nice neighborhood struck back. Akagawa walked Watanabe, then gave up a home run to Ide. This was followed by him hitting Takajo, who advanced on a Takasaki sac-bunt. Aranami then tripled in Takajo and promptly scored on an Uchimura sacrifice. 6-3 Yokohama.

Ueda (in left for Takeuchi, who moved to first for Fujimoto), singled and made it to third on a Balentien hit-and-run. Miwa replaced Coco on first. Kawabata drove Ueda in on a sac-fly. 6-4 Yokohama.

Hugo the Brazilian took the mound for Tokyo and clearly wasn’t sure where he was supposed to throw. With one out, he walked Ikki on four pitches, gave up a sac-bunt, then walked Uchimura and Tsutsugo on five pitches each to load the bases. He then walked Koike on four straight pitches to give up a run and get yanked. Abe struck out Nakamura to end the inning. 7-4 Yokohama, Final.

The Swallows travel to Hiroshima tomorrow.