July 31st, 2013
Yomiuri Giants 6
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL
|W: Kasahara (4-1); L: Yagi (2-8); S: Nishimura (2-3-26)|
Alas, poor Yagi. His season is bad even by Tokyo standards. Then again, things are so bad all around that it’s hard to muster up much criticism for him.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Chono (CF)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Hashimoto (RF)|
|3||Milledge (LF)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Balentien (RF)||4||Abe (C)|
|5||Kawabata (3B)||5||Murata (3B)|
|6||Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Lopez (1B)|
|7||Morioka (SS)||7||Bowker (LF)|
|8||Aikawa (C)||8||Nakai (2B)|
|9||Yagi (P)||9||Kasahara (P)|
|RP||Matsuoka, Kiya, Emura, Abe||RP||Acosta, Mathieson, Yamaguchi, Nishimura|
The Swallows started off the scoring in the top of the fourth, which gave Tokyo fans a few glorious minutes of being in the lead at the Big (Rotten) Egg. And this joy was provided by a Morioka solo home run, of all things. 1-0 Tokyo.
The joy didn’t last. An out into the bottom of the fourth, Yagi walked Abe on five very outside pitches. He did get Abe to go after one, though, and this evening, like all evening in 2013, was a time when Swallows fans needed to latch onto every bright moment.
Murata and Lopez then hit to load the bases. Yagi struck Bowker out (bright spots!), but then Nakai hit a two-RBI single and Kasahara (yes, the pitcher) drilled a fastball down the middle for a two-RBI triple before Chono grounded out to end an eight-pitch at-bat and the inning. 4-1 Yomiuri.
More long-ball fun for the Swallows as Balentien knocked a high outside fastball into the left field stands for home run number 34. 4-2 Yomiuri.
Yomiuri answered right back again. With Sakamoto and Abe on the corners, Murata singled in a run. 5-2 Yomiuri.
In the sixth, with Acosta on the mound for the Giants, two outs, and Morioka and Iwamura on the corners (both having singled), Yamada hit a sac-fly to center, bringing Morioka in. 5-3 Yomiuri.
Kiya took the mound for Tokyo in the sixth and walked Nakai, struck out Takahashi, walked Chono, who was attempting a hit-and-run, then gave up an RBI double to Hashimoto. 6-3 Yomiuri, Final.
Emura gave up a single and a BB in the seventh. Abe a single and a walk against two Ks in the eighth.
One more chance to avoid a sweep tomorrow.