April 17th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Inoue (1-0-0, 0.00); L: Barnette (0-1-5, 7.50)|
You’ve all heard the old adage that it’s better to remove a bandage quickly. Not at Jingu, though. No, at the Swallows friendly home park, you, dear baseball fan, get your money’s worth – all five hours and three minutes of it – culminating in a dramatic, decisive loss.
|1||Oshima (CF)||1||Milledge (LF)|
|2||Ibata (SS)||2||Kawashima (SS)|
|3||Luna (3B)||3||Yuhei (CF)|
|4||Wada (LF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Clark (1B)||5||Balentien (RF)|
|6||Fujii (RF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Tanishige (C)||7||Tanaka (2B)|
|8||Araki (2B)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Bradley (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
|RP||Muto, Okada, Tajima, Iwase, Inoue||RP||Ishiyama, Ohba, Shichijo, Barnette|
Long game, but we’ll get this over with quickly.
Tokyo struck first in the second inning, with a Hatakeyama single, a Balentien double, and a Miyamoto two-run double. 2-0 Tokyo.
Bradley Bergesen, who loses points for doing the first-name-only thing, had a little more trouble in the third: Milledge BB, Kawashima sac-bunt, Yuhei BB, Hatakeyama BB, Balentien RBI sac-fly, Miyamoto BB to reload the bases, and Bradley was done for the night, replaced by Muto. Those Dragons are ungracious visitors. 3-0 Tokyo.
In the fourth, Ibata singled, Luna singled him over to third, and Clark brought him home with a sac-fly. 3-1 Tokyo.
One out into the sixth, the tables turned. Ibata and Luna singled again to start the rally off. Wada followed this with and RBI double and young Ogawa was done for the night. Fellow rookie Ishiyama took the mound for the second time this season to walk Clark, strike out Fujii, walk Tanishige, and give up a two-run single to Araki before striking out Tajima. 5-3 Chunichi.
A double for Nakamura, single for Iwamura (pinch-hitting for Ishiyama), and Milledge grounding into a double play for an RBI made it 5-4 Chunichi.
An error then put Oshima on first, a steal and a Luna walk put men on the corners for a Clark RBI in the seventh. 6-4 Chunichi.
How about a rally in the bottom of the ninth?
Iwase, who, with his catcher Tanishige, is one of the only players old enough to remember a time before this game began, took the mound for the Dragons and gave up a single to Kawashima before walking Iihara (batting for Yuhei), who replaced by the pinch-runner Miwa. A Hatake out later, Balentien was also walked to load the bases.
Miyamoto brought Kawashima in with a sac-fly. Morioka, replacing Tanaka, smacked a line-drive up the middle for an RBI. Then Nakamura grounded out. 6-6.
Bring on the extra innings.
Shichijo put down the Dragons 1-2-3. Then there was light: Inoue pegged Ueda, Milledge sac-bunted him over, Kawashima walked. Iihara. . . ground out.
Miwa. . . single! But Kawashima got nabbed.
Eleventh inning, it is.
Tony Barnette to save the day. . . not to be.
Just the facts:
Iwasaki ground out.
Luna RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Matsui three-run HR to left.
10-6 Chunichi, Final.
Tokyo shares the basement with Chunichi, whose run differential is positive. Tomorrow night is a shot for revenge and a win to the series.