May 29th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 12
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: DWLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Roman (2-2-1); L: Matsuba (3-1)|
I had to ask the other guys here at the Tsubamegun what it was called and look up its spelling in a dictionary, but apparently what happened tonight is known as a win. It’s a little exotic, but I’ll be honest – it’s pretty nice. I can’t wait to try it again and recommend it to everyone (unless your team is ahead of Tokyo in the CL standings or is playing against Tokyo, in which case I recommend you build character through losing).
|1||Adachi (SS)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Sakaguchi (CF)||2||Morioka (SS)|
|3||Baldiris (3B)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|4||Li (1B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Itoi (RF)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Rottino (LF)||6||Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Goto (2B)||7||Iihara (CF)|
|8||Ito (C)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Matsuba (P)||9||Roman (P)|
|RP||Hirai, Kamoshida, Matsumoto, Komatsu||RP||Yamamoto, Ishiyama, Emura|
This was a hit-fest. Despite the blowout score, Orix actually outhit Tokyo 12-9. It was a typical, quiet game for 5 1/2 innings. One out into the third, Sakaguchi tripled to the centerfield fence and Baldiris singled him in, putting the Buffaloes on the board first. 1-0 Orix.
The Swallows struck back right away. An out into the bottom of the third, Matsuba walked Morioka.
With the bases loaded, Hatakeyama hit a two-RBI single to center. 2-1 Tokyo.
Two outs into the bottom of the sixth, Kamoshida also did the Swallows a good turn, walked Iihara, Aikawa, and Iwamura back-to-back to load the bases. Two different pitchers on the same team doing that in the same game. Kudos to anyone willing to dig a little and tell us how often that happens.
Yamada then doubled, good lad, driving all the runners home. 5-1 Tokyo.
The seventh inning was a blast. Matsumoto took the mound for Orix and upheld his team’s proud tradition by walking Balentien, who was replaced on first by the fleet-footed Hiyane, bringing up Hatake for the hit-and-run. Why pull off a hit-and-run, though, when you can deliver the first pitch you see to the hardcore home fans in the right-field bleachers? That’s two.
Miyamoto then singled and was replaced on first by Keizo Kawashima, who has fully functional joints. Iihara singled, pushing Keizo to third. Aikawa then walked again and, you guessed it, Nitta (pinch-hitting for Yamamoto) drilled a two-RBI single. That’s two more.
Yamada then got into the act with an RBI double. One more.
Morioka one-upped his fellow youngster, going for a two-RBI single. Add two more.
Milledge then came up and got out for the second time in the same inning before Hiyane did the same. Nevertheless, the Birds had kept the scoreboard guy busy. In addition to baseball, we here at the Tsubamegun are not all that bad at basic arithmetic, so we can tell you that all of that frabjosity above equals seven runs, making it 12-1 Tokyo.
Orix added one more in the ninth, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway – for all their hits, it’s clear there’s some trouble at home (plate) for the Buffaloes and they just didn’t want to go there this evening. It’s OK – we’re content to leave them be. 12-2 Tokyo, Final.
Roman took the win with four Ks, 1 HBP, eight hits, and a run in six innings and 106 pitches. Lucky man, that Orlando Roman.
Matsuba took the loss, of course.
After a day off tomorrow, the Swallows head out to the mystical Seibu Dome (It’s a dome, but it’s not! It’s somehow far from everywhere! While there’s a station in front of it, it’s probably faster to just walk there once you’re anywhere in the general Tokorozawa area), where they’ll take on the Lions Friday and Saturday. If you go, be sure to take in the spectacle of the Lions fans, who bring all the excitement to a baseball game that a run-down salaryman brings to a midsummer trek to Disneyland with the kids. Watching a game at the Seibu Dome is to baseball what watching an infomercial is to TV. Now here’s hoping the Birds can make up for all that with a couple more Ws.