Apr 29th 2013, @ Yokohama

April 29th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 12

Yokohama BayStars 3

Streak: Won 6  Last 5: WWWWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

The hits just keep on coming! And when I say hits I mean HOME RUNS!!

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W: Matsuoka (1-1; ) L: Tsuchiya (1-1; )

The Birds bats did not get left behind in the first game of this “road trip” to Yokohama. They came out swinging and they did not stop into the run total was in double figures.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Hiyane (CF)1Ishikawa (SS)
2Kawashima (SS)2Uchimura (2B)
3Milledge (LF)3Ide (LF)
4Balentien (RF)4Blanco (1B)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Nakamura (3B)
6Morioka (3B)6Kinjyoh (RF)
7Tanaka H. (2B)7Matsumoto (CF)
8Tanaka M. (C)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Matsuoka (P)9Tsuchiya (P)

Let’s see? Where should I start? Oh, right, the first inning. As you can see above, there was a little bit of a line-up shuffle for today’s game. Hiyane was the lead-off man for this one and he lead off with a walk. He then proceeded to steal second. Kawashima then did the obligatory sac-bunting and Hiyane was standing on third with one out. Milledge then hit a single to left to easily score Hiyane and give the Birds the lead. 1 – 0 Tokyo

Coco then strolled to the plate.

Just a quick reminder Baystars. Here are his stats for the last 5 games: .450 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI

Do you think he is seeing the ball well? I do believe he is. You know why? Because Coco went on a cracking rampage today. In this at-bat, he battled to a 3-2 count before thanking some lucky Swallows fan for making the trip by giving them a lovely HR-ball as a souvenir. 3 – 0 Tokyo

Celebrating after HR #1

Celebrating after HR #1

Boo would fly out for the second out of the inning. Morioka would be hit by a pitch and move to  second on Tanaka’s (H) single. Morioka would try to score on Tanaka’s (M) single but was thrown out at the plate on a slightly bogus call. However, the tone was set. The Birds were ready to play and were going to be aggressive.

Yokohama went down in order in their half of the first.

The Birds continued attacking in the top of the 2nd. After Matsuoka went down on strikes, Hiyane began round 2 of the a##-hammering by hitting a double to left. Kawashima would fly out for the 2nd out of the inning. Milledge then joined Coco in the HR column by hitting a shot to right-center. 5 – 0 Tokyo

Lastings joins the HR party

Lastings joins the HR party

Coco then hit the second pitch he saw out of the ballpark. 6 – 0 Tokyo

HR #2 for Coco

HR #2 for Coco

(By the way, Yokohama might be looking for a new pitching coach tonight)

Boo did his best to make it 3 Home runs in a row. But he could only settle for a stand-up double. Morioka then struck out to end the inning.

Yokohama again went down in order. And we move to the third round of the devastation.

Tanaka (H) reached on an error by fatty Nori at 3rd. Tanaka would make it all the way to second on the play. Tanaka (M) then went down swinging for the first out. Matsuoka did a great job of sac-bunting Tanaka (H) over to third. Hiyane then hit a single to right to score Tanaka for the 7th run in 3 innings. 7 – 0 Tokyo

Kawashima would fly out for the final out of the inning.

Yokohama would get a run in the bottom of the 5th. With 2 outs, Matsuoka hit a laser down the right-field line to break up the shutout. 7 – 1 Tokyo

In the 7th, the Birds picked up the scoring. First Milledge reached on an error by Ishikawa. Baystars finally woke up and walked Coco. However, Boo made them pay. He hit the Swallows fourth HR of the game to give the Birds a commanding lead. 10 – 1 Tokyo

Boo goes BOOM!

Boo goes BAM! BAM!

In the bottom of the 7th, Emura came in to pitch for Matsuoka. He made quick work of the 4 batters he faced, allowing only a single to Matsumoto.

In the top of the eighth, the Birds scored their final 2 runs. After 2 quick outs by Hiyane and Kawashima, Milledge reached on an infield single. That meant Coco was up. Would the Baystars continue to be smart and not pitch to him? Nope. Another 1-0 pitch was sent special delivery by Coco to the fans outside of the stadium. 12 – 1 Tokyo

After HR #3, (2nd to leave the park)

Celebrating after HR #3, (2nd to leave the park)

In the bottom of the 8th, Blanco hit an irrelevant 2 run HR to keep some distance between him and Coco (14 for Blanco and 8 for Coco). 12 – 3 Tokyo FINAL

Game Notes:

  • 27,518 folks paid to watch this slaughtering
  • The game lasted 3 hours and 31 minutes
  • This was Coco’s fourth 3 HR game of his NPB career (source: yakubaka.com )
  • Coco stats for today: 3-4, BB, 3 HR, 5 RBIs
  • Coco has hit safely in 6 straight games. His avg over that timespan: .500.
  • There were a total of 7 HRs in today’s game, accounting for 13 of the 15 runs scored.
  • With this win and Hanshin’s loss, Tokyo is now 1.5 games back of the colorful fools from Hyogo.
  • Tomorrow will see the same two foes do battle. Scheduled hurlers are Muranaka (2-1; 2.66) for Tokyo and Inoh (0-4; 5.40)for Yokohama
  • First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.
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.