May 17th, 2013
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6
Last 5: LLLLW Streak: Won 1
Tonight saw the Birds battle back in superior fashion and make up for some anti-Swallows calls in the 7th.
|W: Shouda (1-0) L: Matsunaka (1-1)|
Ishikawa was on the hill for the start of the game but didn’t have his best stuff early on. The Marines jumped on him early but the big bats for the Swallows eventually showed up with the game on the line in the bottom of the 9th to sneak out a win for Yakult.
|Nemoto (2B)||1||Kawashima (SS)|
|Okino (LF)||2||Tanaka (2B)|
|Iguchi (1B)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|Imae (3B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|Kiyota (RF)||5||Iwamura (3B)|
|Suzuki (SS)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Kawamoto (C)||7||Takeuchi (CF)|
|Ishimine (CF)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Karakawa (P)||9||Ishikawa (P)|
Chiba would take a 3 run lead after 3 innings thanks to 3 solo HRs. The 1st one came in the 2nd inning by Ishimine. 1 – 0 Chiba
In the 3rd inning, Iguchi and Imae would hit back-to-back solo HRs. 3 – 0 Chiba
The Birds would get a couple back in the bottom of the 4th inning. After a Milledge single, Coco hit a 2-run shot to bring the Swallows to within one. 3 – 2 Chiba
Both teams were relatively quiet until the top of the 7th. Here is where the umpires decided they must do everything they can do let Chiba win. Ishimine lead off the inning with a single. Karakawa would sac bunt him over to second. With one out, Nemoto would ground out to Tanaka. Ishime would move to third on the play. Ishikawa would then walk Ogino to put runners on the corners (1st questionable decision by the umps in the inning; some balls could have been strikes). That would be the end of the evening for Ishikawa. Roman then came into pitch. He would promptly hit Iguchi square in the back to load the bases. Imae then hit a broken bat grounder towards short. Kawashima hustled in and made a great bare-handed play to pick up the ball and throw it to 1st. All replays showed that Boo had the ball about 1/2 a second before Imae reached 1st. However, Mr. 1B umpire saw it another way and called Imae safe (2nd BS call in the inning). Boo, Kawashima, and Roman all were rather animated about the call. However, Ogawa did not leave his perch in the dugout to protest. Ishimine would score on the play and the bases would remain loaded. 4 – 2 Chiba
Roman would then, according to the home-plate umpire, walk Kiyota (both Roman and Nakamura acted as if ball 4 was strike 3 and headed to the dugout; 3rd f@#%in BS call of the inning). Ogino would score on the play. 5 -2 Chiba
That would bring us to the ninth inning. Milledge would start things off with a single. Coco would be safe on a fielders choice. Miyamoto would reach on a single and load the bases for Boo. On the third pitch, Boo lined a walk-offfffffffffff, GRAND SLAM HR into the wannabe Darth Vaders section in left field, to get a much needed win for the Birds. 6 – 5 Tokyo
I do believe as he rounded 1st base, Boo gave a lovely your #1 in my book salute to the 1B umpire. I’m not sure but that is what my sources tell me!!
- 17,934 folk were in attendance
- This game was relatively fast; 2 hours and 56 minutes
- Shoda picked up his first win in over 9 years
- This was Boo’s fifth career grand slam and first walk-off grand slam.
- According to Yakyubaka.com, Boo is the 37th player in NPB history to hit a walk-off grand slam
- Tomorrow will see two of the teams better pitchers going at it. For Chiba, you are scheduled to see Naruse (4-0; 0.85). The Birds will counter with Ogawa (3-1; 3.97). First pitch is 6 pm