June 27th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The 2013 Swallows seem to have a really hard time winning consecutive games. The team was not able to hold an early 5-1 lead, as the seemingly obligatory bullpen hiccup let the team down.
|W: Suda (1-0); L: Shoda (1-1); S: Sosa (6)|
|1||Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Norihiro Yamazaki (SS)||2||Takahiro Araki (1B)|
|3||Nyjer Morgan (CF)||3||Lastings Milledge (LF)|
|4||Tony Blanco (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (RF)|
|5||Norihiro Nakamura (3B)||5||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|6||Sho Aranami (RF)||6||Shinya Miyamoto (3B)|
|7||Tatsuhiko Kinjo (LF)||7||Yasushi Iihara (CF)|
|8||Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)||8||Keizo Kawashima (SS)|
|9||Kai-Wen Cheng (P)||9||Orlando Roman (P)|
The Birds got to Chen quite early as Balentien got a 3-run homer after an Araki double, and a Milledge single. 3-0 Swallows The homer put Balentien in a tie for the CL homerun crown against Tony Blanco with 24 dingers.
The Swallows actually got three more consecutive hits after the Balentien homer, as Aikawa, Miyamoto, and Iihara got back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Unfortunately those hits did not lead to runs as Cheng managed to get strikeouts from Keizo and Roman.
The BayStars got one back in the top of the second off a double-grounder-grounder combo but Roman still looked OK. 3-1 Swallows
The Swallows inflicted even more damage with a leadoff triple by Yamada, followed by a homer by Araki. 5-1 Swallows Araki’s first career homerun brought an end to Cheng’s night. The Swallows struggled to do much against the subsequent BayStars’ bullpen relay.
Unfortunately, a 4 run lead after two innings was not quite enough for Roman and the Swallows. Roman finally gave up a big inning to the BayStars in the fourth. Aranami (single) and Tsuruoka (double) got hits between a Kinjo strikeout to put men on second and third with an out. Tstsugo came in to pinch-hit but grounded out harmlessly to short to make it two outs with men in scoring position. Just when it looked like Roman could wiggle out of a bad situation he gave up a walk to Ishikawa to load the bases. Roman got to a full count against Yamazaki, but the dam finally broke as Yamazaki laced a single to right to score 2 runs. 5-3 Swallows
With a lefty in the form of Nyjer “Tony Plush” Morgan due up, the Swallows elected to send southpaw Shoda up to the mound. Morgan sent to first pitch he saw from Shoda floating into the right field stands for a game changing homerun. 6-5 BayStars With the bases clear and the lead gone, the Swallows elected to pitch to Blanco, with predictable results. Blanco retook the CL homerun lead on a 2-1 pitch that he launched to the very back of the left field stands. 7-5 BayStars
With the BayStars’ bullpen being what it is the Swallows faithful at Jingu fully expected the team would have a shot to take back the lead. But despite getting runners on base, the Swallows offense wasn’t able to get a timely hit. On the other hand, the Swallows bullpen managed to settle down and Abe, Muranaka, and Kuya kept the BayStars off the board for the rest of the night.
The Swallows got one last run in the bottom of the ninth as Balentien lead off the inning with a solo shot to left to once again catch up to Blanco for the CL homerun crown. 7-6 BayStars Alas, the Swallows were unable to get another run and the once again the Swallows failed to get consecutive wins. The last time the Swallows won 2 straight games was against the Marines on May 17-18.
The Swallows will have tomorrow off and will face the Giants in a “home-away-from-home” series in Shizuoka over the weekend.
- Roman threw 110 pitches in his 3.2 innings of work. He ended up being charged with 5 runs, all earned, on 6 hits and 3 walks.
- Yamada, Araki, Milledge, Balentien, Aikawa, and Miyamoto all had 2-hit games.
- Rookie Kiya pitched the last two inning and struck out four of the seven hitters he faced.
- The first 4 innings took over 2 hours to play. The game ended up taking 3 hours and 57 minutes to complete.