July 3rd, 2013
Yokohama BayStars 6
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW
|W: Abe (1-0); L: Takasaki (2-5); S: Yamamoto (0-2-11)|
Much like our own Christopher’s day job, this game involved a lot of public drillings, entailing both excitement and dismay for hoi polloi of all stripes.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Ishikawa (2B)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Yamazaki (SS)|
|3||Milledge (LF)||3||Morgan (CF)|
|4||Balentien (RF)||4||Blanco (1B)|
|5||Aikawa (C)||5||Tsutsugo (3B)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Tamura (LF)|
|7||Araki (1B)||7||Aranami (RF)|
|8||Kawashima (SS)||8||Tsuruoka (C)|
|9||Furuno (P)||9||Takasaki (P)|
|RP||Abe, Kiya, Muranaka, Ishiyama, Yamamoto||RP||Yoshikawa, Kaga, Kikuchi, Ota|
Yokohama scored first an out into the first, when Yamasaki and Tony Plush doubled back-to-back. After a Blanco ground-out, Tsutsugo drove Morgan home. 2-0 Yokohama.
In the third, Yamasaki walked, then got nabbed stealing, which is a shame for him because Morgan knocked one out in the same at-bat. 3-0 Yokohama.
The Swallows came back in a big way in the fifth. Ueda walked, Balentien doubled, and Aikawa hit a three-run homer to left. Miyamoto then singled, followed by Iihara sending one of the newer, more lively balls to join its counterpart in left. 5-3 Tokyo.
Two more scored in the sixth, when Ueda walked and Coco drove him home on a homer. 7-3 Tokyo.
Hits off Muranaka by Kinjo and Yamasaki followed by a second Morgan round-tripper put the fear into Tokyo. 7-6 Tokyo.
But the Birds added insurance with a Tanaka double, the Hiyane pinch-running replacement, a move to third on a Kawashima hopper to second, and an Iwamura RBI. 8-6 Tokyo, Final.
Another battle by the Bay (or just a few miles away) tomorrow.