April 5th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WWWLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo returned from the land of Zoom-Zoom to do battle with their neighbors from Kanagawa. Tokyo was looking to keep pace with the 1st place orange-men of the Tokyo Dome. However, they came up short tonight.
|W:Takasaki (1-0; 1.286) L: Hidaka (0-1; 16.20) S: Yamaguchi (3)|
Here were the starters for tonight’s action:
|Tanaka (2B)||1||Ishikawa (SS)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Uchimura (2B)|
|Milledge (LF)||3||Morgan (RF)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Blanco (1B)|
|Yuhei (RF)||5||Ramirez (LF)|
|Miyamoto (3B)||6||Nakamura (3B)|
|Nakamura (C)||7||Aranami (CF)|
|Kawashima (SS)||8||Takajo (C)|
|Tateyama (P)||9||Takasaki (P)|
Tonight was not as bad as last Friday’s performance, however, the loyal fans left the stadium in just the same fashion as last week, down-trodden. The Birds were dealt some bad news a third of the way through the game when Tateyama left the game with discomfort in his shoulder. He would be on the hook for one of the two runs this evening. He did have some luck when the Swallows tied the game and earned him a no decision.
The Baystars took the early lead in the top of the 4th. Ramirez hit a broken-bat blooper over the slow-footed Hatakeyama at 1st. Morgan would score from second on the play. 1 – 0 Yokohama
Tokyo would climb back in their half of the 5th inning on a shocking shot from Kawashima. The 30 year-old, 70 kg soaking wet short-stop, hit a liner over the fence to even the game. 1 – 1
The game would be even for all of 10 minutes. Uchimura lead off the 6th inning with a single. He was bunted over to 2nd by Morgan. After Blanco flew out to center, Ramirez walked. As did Nakamura. Which meant the bases were loaded and two outs. Aranami did his job and snuck a single to center to score Uchimura. 2 – 1 Yokohama
The Birds had a late rally in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to tie this one up.
2 – 1 Yokohama, FINAL
- 13,733 were witnesses to the action at Jingu
- tonight’s game lasted 3 hours and 6 minutes
- Ramirez is one hit away from the magical 2000
- Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to start at 2 pm with Ishikawa (Tokyo) schedule to face-off against Fujii (DeNa)
- The weather report does not look good for the rest of the weekend, though.