April 13, 2013
Yomiuri Giants 3
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
Ishikawa fared a little bit better than Roman, but it was still not enough to stop the Yomiuri juggernaut that continues to run roughshod over the rest of the Central League, upsetting ladies and children and causing great consternation to upstanding men.
|W: Sugano (2-0); L: Ishikawa (1-1); S: Nishimura (0-0-5)|
|1||Milledge (LF)||1||Chono (RF)|
|2||Kawashima (SS)||2||Terauchi (2B)|
|3||Balentien (RF)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Abe (C)|
|5||Iwamura (3B)||5||Murata (3B)|
|6||Tanaka (2B)||6||Bowker (LF)|
|7||Yuhei (CF)||7||Lopez (1B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Ohta (CF)|
|9||Ishikawa (P)||9||Sugano (P)|
The Giants scored first, one out into the bottom of the fourth, when Ishikawa walked Abe on five pitches and gave up a shallow fly single to Murata. Tanaka then bobbled a Bowker grounder to load the bases. Lopez hit to almost the same spot as Bowker and got nabbed at first, but not before Abe had scored. Ishikawa walked Ohta to load the bases again and send Tokyo fans into fears of impending early doom, but had his bacon saved by having Sugano bat next. 1-0 Yomiuri.
In the seventh, our foes widened their lead with a Chono single, a Terauchi sac-bunt, and an Abe RBI single. 2-0 Yomiuri.
The Swallows finally struck back in the eighth, when Yuhei and Takeuchi (pinch-hitting for Ishikawa) both singled, Takeuchi being replaced by Ueda on the basepaths. Milledge then drove Yuhei home with a sac-fly. 2-1 Yomiuri.
Lopez added insurance by sending the second pitch he saw from Shichijo – a high inside slider – into the left field bleachers. 3-1 Yomiuri, Final.
The now fifth-place Swallows will attempt to avoid the sweep and claw their way back up toward .500 with the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon.