July 24th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL
|W: Messenger (9-4); L: Yagi (2-7)|
At least the All-Star break didn’t ruin Tokyo’s momentum. Clearly, dear reader, you did something terrible because the baseball gods have made me subject you to the following.
It’s gory – get the kids out of the room.
|1||Nishioka (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Shunsuke (CF)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Toritani (SS)||3||Milledge (LF)|
|4||Murton (LF)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Arai T. (1B)||5||Kawabata (3B)|
|6||Imanari (RF)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Arai R. (3B)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|8||Fujii (C)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|9||Messenger (P)||9||Yagi (P)|
|RP||Boyer, Matsuda||RP||Matsuoka, Matsui, Emura, Abe|
The carnage came in two big bursts. Here goes:
Top of the first: Shunsuke walked, then stole second. Murton walked. Two outs, runners on first and second. Then shit bubbled up out of the earth. Arai: RBI single. Imanari: two-RBI double. Arai R.: Two-run homer. 5-0 Hanshin.
Top of the seventh: Toritani knocked and RBI triple. Matsuoka walked Murton. Then, with two outs, Asai (in for Imanari) walked, setting up Arai R. for a grand slam. 11-0 Hanshin.
Top of the eighth: Shunsuke hit an RBI triple. 12-0 Hanshin, Final.
“But what did the Swallows do?” You might reasonably ask. Unicorn dick, that’s what. Not even a comedy of errors – just an inability to pitch, hit, or field. The only problem is that those three things are generally considered to be important to baseball success – almost as important as having a large of number of cheerleaders and mascots.
You’d be wise to place a bet on tomorrow’s game – I’d just hate to say what the wise bet would be.