April 19th, 2013
Hanshin Tigers 7
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
Tonight the Birds battled and battled but ultimately fell to the Tigers in 12 innings.
|W: Tsutsui (1-0) L: Shichijyou (0-1)|
The unfortunate theme of the first few weeks of the Swallows season has been the inability to play a complete game. For whatever reason, the Birds seem to be playing good baseball for 5, 6, or 7 innings. Then, something bad inevitably will happen and the Swallows end up on the wrong side of a win. Unfortunately, tonight was no different.
|Milledge (LF)||1||Nishioka (2B)|
|Kawashima (SS)||2||Yamato (CF)|
|Takeuchi (CF)||3||Toritani (SS)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Murton (LF)|
|Balentien (RF)||5||Fukudome (RF)|
|Iwamura (3B)||6||Arai (1B)|
|Morioka (2B)||7||Saka (3B)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Fujii (C)|
|Roman (P)||9||Messenger (P)|
Both teams had chances throughout the first 5 innings but neither team was able to get on the board. Tokyo finally cracked open the scoring in the top half of the 6th. Messenger had started to implode at this point. He was throwing wildly and slipping all over the mound. This lead to the bases being loaded and Boo waddling to the plate. Boo proceeded to hit a shot to right-center scoring two and he reached second easily. 2 – 0 Tokyo
After a walk to Coco, Messenger decided to walk Iwamura (the fourth of the inning and third in a row) and Iihara scored in the process. 3 – 0 Tokyo
Messenger was then replaced by Katoh on the hill. Katoh got Morioka to pop-up for out #2 and struck out Nakamura to end the threat.
The Tigers would come back to answer in the bottom of the 7th. Yamato lead off the inning with a single up the middle. After a Toritani pop-out, Murton was up. He hit a shot to left-center that was ruled to stay in the park, although it clearly hit the top of the fence and should have been ruled a HR. He ended up at third, scoring Yamato. 3 – 1 Tokyo
The potential controversy of the Murton hit/HR didn’t matter because the very next batter, F*#$dome hit a shot to straight away center tying the game at 3. 3 – 3
That was the end of Roman’s evening. The Tigers threat would end when Emura made his debut on the hill. Emura got Saka to ground out for the 2nd out of the inning. He then hit Hidaka and got Sekimoto to fly out.
We then skip ahead to extra innings. The game came to a shocking end in the bottom of the 12th. Nishioka reached base with one out. He was followed by a single from Yamato. Toritani popped out for the second out of the inning. Shunsuke then hit a single to left to load the bases. Up walked F*#$dome. I hated him when he played for the Dragons. I hated him when he played for the Cubs. I hated him when he signed with the Tigers. I REALLY F*#$ing hate him now. F*#$dome hit a walk-off grand slam to win the game. 7 – 3 Hanshin
- The game lasted 4 hours and 38 min. I really wish they would bring back the 3 hour 30 minute rule
- 32109 supposedly paid to watch this game (I say supposedly because there were A LOT of empty seats)
- F*#$dome had a 2-HR night, accounting for 6 of the 7 RBI’s
- This was the fourth grand slam of F*#$dome’s Japanese career
- Tomorrow will see Ishikawa face-off against Kojima
- Randy Bass threw out the ceremonial first pitch
- The Daily Sports mag reports that Yuhei has torn his ACL. Chances are he will have surgery soon and be out the rest of the year. They also report that Kawabata needs surgery to remove some bone fragments in his ankle. He will be out another 2 months at the earliest