Apr 26th 2013, vs Yomiuri

April 26th, 2013

Yomiuri Giants 2

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 3 Last 5: LLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Leading into tonight’s game both teams were riding a winning streak. The Giants had won 3 in a row, while the Swallows had won two. So, more than likely, one of these streaks was going to end. Thankfully, the Swallows streak is still in tact.

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W: Ishikawa (2-2; 1.324) L: Houlton (3-1; 2.893) S: Yamamoto (2)

Ishikawa and the boys were very efficient in tonights game and took home the win.

 GIants Swallows
1Hisayoshi Chono (RF)1Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)
2Tetsuya Matsumoto (CF)2Ryosuke Morioka SS)
3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)3LAstings Milledge (LF)
4Shinnosuke Abe (C)4Wladimir Balentien (RF)
5Jose Lopez (1B)5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
6Shuichi Murata (3B)6Shinya Miyamoto (3B)
7Taishi Ota (LF)7Shinichi Takeuchi (CF)
8Takayuki Terauchi (2B)8Masahiko Tanaka (C)
9Dennis Houlton (P)9Masanori Ishikawa (P)

The Swallows jumped out to a fast lead in the first inning. After a Tanaka ground out, Morioka drew a walk. After a fly-out by Milledge, Coco hit a double. Hatakeyama drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases. Miyamoto then hit a single scoring two. 2 – 0 Tokyo

So, umm, yeah, I stink tonight.

So, umm, yeah, I stink tonight.

Takeuchi followed that with another single to score Boo.  3 – 0 Tokyo

Ishikawa dealing!

Ishikawa dealing!

Both sides were then pretty quiet until the 7th inning. Sakamoto reached on an error by Morioka to start the inning. Abe struck out for the 1st out of the inning. Lopez would hit a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Murata grounded out to Miyamoto for the 2nd out of the inning; Sakamoto would score on the play. 3 – 1 Tokyo

Ota walked, putting runners on 1st and 2nd and two out. Terauchi would hit a shot back up the middle that Morioka would get to but was unable to make a clean throw to Tanaka at 2nd. Everybody was safe and the bases were loaded. Yano was brought in to pitch-hit for Koyama. On the 2nd pitch, Yano hit a shot towards the right-side of the infield. Hatakeyama was able to knock the ball down but not in time to make a play anywhere. Lopez would score on the play to bring the Giants within one run. 3 – 2 Tokyo

Chono would foul-out to Tanaka (M) behind home for the final out of the inning.

The Swallows would answer right back in the botton of the 7th. Iwamura, hitting in place of Ishikawa, lead off the inning with a single. He was replaced on the bases by Kawashima. Tanaka (doing what he does best!) bunted Kawashima over to 2nd. Morioka would ground out to 1st, advancing Kawashima to 3rd. Milledge would then hit a single to score Kawashima and extend the Swallows lead.  4 – 2 Tokyo

Coco came up next. He hit a shot down the third base line and was trying for his second double of the inning. However, Ota made an excellent play on the ball and fired a laser to 2nd to get Coco out. Inning over.

That would be the end of the scoring and Yamamoto wrapped up the ninth for his 2nd save of the season.

Lets see more of this!

Lets see more of this!

Game notes:

  • Swallows won for the first time against the Giants; they are now 1-3 on the season
  • Ishikawa is now 2-2 with a very impressive 1.324 ERA
  • The Swallows are now tied with Yokohama for fourth place in the CL
  • Coco is now batting over .300 for the season
  • It was announced shortly before this game that Bowker has fractured his pinky. He hurt the little fella last night against Yokohama. No report on how long he will be out.
  • 17055 people stuck it out to watch Tokyo win
  • Tomorrow will see two rookies battle it out on the mound. For Yomiuri it will be Sugano and for Tokyo Ogawa
About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.