Jul 10th 2013, @ Yomiuri

July 10th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 2 

Yomiuri Giants 6

Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: LWWLL

(Fukushima)

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W: Miyaguni (4-3); L: Akagawa (0-4); S: Nishimura (2-3-22)

The lack of surprise doesn’t make this any more pleasant. Despite matching the Giants for hits, Tokyo was never in contention.

 Tokyo Yomiuri
1Yamada (2B)1Nakai (2B)
2Ueda (CF)2Tani (LF)
3Milledge (LF)3Sakamoto (SS)
4Balentien (RF)4Abe (1B)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Murata (3B)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Takahashi (RF)
7Kawabata (SS)7Nagano (CF)
8Nakamura (C)8Sanematsu (C)
9Akagawa (P)9Miyaguni (P)
RPMuranaka, Kiya, Schichijo, IshiyamaRPAcosta, Matheson, Aoki, Kasahara, Nishimura

Ueda got a workout in the first. One out into the first, Tani hit to center, then Ueda robbed Sakamoto with a diving catch. Akagawa followed that by pegging Abe. Murata then doubled to center, driving in two runs. 2-0 Yomiuri.

Nakai started the third with a single to left, then scored on an Abe two-run homer. 4-0 Yomiuri.

Muranaka took over pitching duties for Tokyo in the fourth. In the fifth, he gave up a run when Nakai, Tani, and Sakamoto got back-to-back hits. 5-0 Yomiuri.

The Swallows put a couple of runs on the board in the eighth. With Acosta on the mound, Iihara (in right for Balentien) singled, Hatakeyama was walked, Miyamoto singled and was replaced by Miwa, and Kawabata was walked, ending Acosta’s night and putting a run on the board for Tokyo. Nakamura then hit a sac-fly off Matheson to add another run. 5-2 Yomiuri.

Ishiyama had a terrible eighth, loading the bases with help from a Kawabata fumble, then gave up an RBI single to Sanematsu.  6-2 Yomiuri, Final.

Tokyo now get a day off before six straight games, starting with a home series against Hiroshima from Friday.

  • Balentien was removed from the game on defense in the 4th as a precaution. He walked twice in his two at bats to that point, and felt something in his ankle running the bases after the first of those.

    Let’s hope it’s nothing serious, as if it is, we may as well pack all our stuff up and go home.