July 4th, 2013
Yokohama BayStars 7
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL
Ladies and gentleman, I have not had the chance to write up a win since the team’s Jingu sweep of the Marines. But with the Swallows coming off their first back-to-back wins since the aforementioned sweep, I had high hopes that I would be able to deliver the details of a win to you tonight. However, the 2013 Swallows have not been in the business of delivering on hope, and I must regretfully inform you of another loss our team has faced.
|W: Suda (2-0); L: Roman (2-3)|
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)|
|2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)||2||Noriharu Yamazaki (SS)|
|3||Lastings Milledge (LF)||3||Nyjer Morgan (CF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (RF)||4||Tony Blanco (1B)|
|5||Ryoji Aikawa (C)||5||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (3B)|
|6||Shinya Miyamoto (3B)||6||Hitoshi Tamura (LF)|
|7||Akinori Iwamura (1B)||7||Sho Aranami (RF)|
|8||Keizo Kawashima (SS)||8||Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)|
|9||Orlando Roman (P)||9||Shota Suda (P)|
All you need to know about the flow of tonight’s game can be summarized with these two facts. FACT #1: Yamada lead off the game with a single. That was the last Swallows hit until the eighth inning. FACT #2: Orlando Roman needed to go through SIX BayStars hitters before he recorded his first out.
Roman probably found himself at the bottom of the Swallows’ foreign pitcher depth chart after he gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, and a dead ball to the BayStars in the first inning. The lack of control lead to 4 runs to the BayStars. 4-0 BayStars
If the first inning was not enough. Roman’s third inning no doubt cemented his status. Roman started the inning off with a double, followed by a hit batsman and a walk to load the bases. After getting a harmless infield fly, he walked Tsuruoka for a run. 5-0 BayStars The Swallows opted to end Roman’s night at that point and brought it Shichijo to face Suda the pitcher. Unfortunately, Shichijo added to Roman’s line by conceding a hard come-backer to the pitcher that ended up being a run-scoring infield single. 6-0 BayStars
Shichijo pitched the rest of the third and the fourth inning, and handed off the ball to Abe. Abe pitched the fifth and sixth innings and got all of 6 his outs via strikeouts. Unfortunately the one hit he did allow was a solo shot to Nyjer Morgan. 7-0 BayStars Tony Plush has been feasting on Swallows pitching recently as he’s gone 6-for-9 with 3 homeruns over the last two games.
Kyuko pitched two perfect innings to end the night for the Swallows.
The Swallows offense, on the other hand, was held in check by Suda who followed up his relief win against the Swallows last week with his first career complete game shutout. Beyond giving up back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth inning, Suda looked to in control the whole way.
The Swallows will now attempt to start another winning streak at the Nagoya Dome. The Swallows will be starting Nakazawa for the first time this season. Nakazawa will be the team’s 12th different starter this year. The Swallows started only 9 different pitchers during last year’s campaign.