April 9th, 2013
Chunichi Dragons 5
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
|W: Yamamoto (1-0; 0.00 ERA) L: Muranaka (1-1; 4.82 ERA)
Please excuse me, this one will be brief. This game has already taken up three hours of my life that I will never get back, so I’ll try to waste as little of yours as possible. I think we all have better things we could be doing, don’t we? Like sobbing oneself to sleep. Ah, that’s just me.
|Kawashima (SS)||1||Ohshima (CF)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Matsui (RF)|
|Milledge (LF)||3||Luna (3B)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Wada (LF)|
|Ihara (RF)||5||Clarke (1B)|
|Miyamoto (3B)||6||Ibata (SS)|
|Tanaka (2B)||7||Tanishige (C)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Araki (2B)|
|Muranaka (P)||9||Yamamoto (P)|
After pitching seven plus innings of (Tetsuya Yamamoto assisted) shut out baseball last week, Muranaka started his second game of the season. And he was terrible. I’ll spare you the gory details, but five hits yielded four runs for Chunichi in the 1st, while another two hits plated what would turn out to be Chunichi’s final run of the game in the 2nd.
And that was it for Muranaka, his final dismal line reading, 2 IP / 52 P / 7 H / 2 K / 3 BB / 5 ER.
After that two innings each from Matsuoka and Shoda, and an inning apiece from Shichijo and Abe kept the Dragons off the board over the remainder, allowing just four hits between them (two each for the first two of that quartet).
So all that remained was for the Tokyo bats to find a solution to the creaky Chunichi battery of Masa Yamamoto and Tanishige, who have a combined age of 89. Yes, 47 + 42 = 8motherfudging9. And a solution eluded them as they managed a grand total of a solitary hit (courtesy of Keizo Kawashima) off the aged duo over their six innings in tandem, and a further, erm, zero hits the rest of the way as a three man Chunichi bullpen team shut them down with ease.
The only real chance of the entire “contest” came in the 6th as Yamamoto walked Keizo and Ueda with one out, only for Milledge and Hatake to leave them stranded with a fly-out to right and caught liner respectively.
So that be that. 5-0 Chunichi Final.
- This game sucked the big dirty one.
Tomorrow’s game will see rookie Ogawa take the mound for Tokyo, with Chunichi countering with Bradley.