August 1st, 2013
Yomiuri Giants 6
Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL
|W: Nishimura (3-3-26); L: Barnette (0-6-5)|
A close game with a walk-off win. Unfortunately, Tokyo was the away team. Even the race to stay out of last place is starting to look a bit out of reach.
|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||Hatakeyama (1B)||5||Murata (3B)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Lopez (1B)|
|7||Morioka (SS)||7||Yano (LF)|
|8||Aikawa (C)||8||Nakai (2B)|
|9||Ishikawa (P)||9||Koyama (P)|
|RP||Yamamoto, Ishiyama, Barnette||RP||Fukuda, Takagi, Acosta, Nishimura|
The Swallows were never ahead in this one. The Giants took the lead when Nakai and Murata hit RBIs in the second and third, respectively. The one small consolation was that Murata then got nabbed trying to steal second. After the third, 2-0 Yomiuri.
In the top of the fifth, the Birds evened things up when Balentien was walked and Hatakeyama, whom this fan often fears might be a quasi-Shiroishi, hit a two-run homer. 2-2.
Didn’t last. Sometimes it seems like the Giants can not only win easily, but score how and when they want, just to keep up the excitement level for their disinterested Stepford fans. With two outs, Sakamoto singled, Abe hit a two-run home run and Murata followed it with a solo home run. 5-2 Yomiuri.
Not so fast, big orange child-frightening bugs. In the sixth, the youngsters got in on the act when Yamada walked and Ueda cracked a two-round trip around the Tokyo Dome infield. Not to be outdone, Balentien made his 35th donation to the long ball fund. 5-5.
In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, men on first and third, and Tony Barnette on the mound, Takahashi came in to pinch hit and rapped the game-winning RBI. 6-5 Yomiuri, Final.
The Swallows head home to host the Carp tomorrow.