August 21st, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 6
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Yagi (5-8); L: Miyaguni (5-6); S: Ishiyama (3-1-1)|
Those are not typos. Tokyo defeated their erstwhile rivals (from a time when Tokyo was competitive) for the first time since June 29th.
|1||Sakamoto (SS)||1||Hiyane (LF)|
|2||Terauchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Murata (3B)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Takahashi (LF)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Chono (CF)||5||Yuichi (1B)|
|6||Lopez (1B)||6||Morioka (SS)|
|7||Bowker (RF)||7||Yamada (2B)|
|8||Sanematsu (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Miyaguni (P)||9||Yagi (P)|
|RP||Takagi, Fukuda, Katsuki||RP||Fujita, Yamamoto, Barnette, Ishiyama|
When Ryosuke Yagi was drafted back in 2008, his particularly unflattering profile photo left no greater impression than that his mother must have had a drinking problem. His pitching on the top team seemed to confirm that at times, but the kid is coming around. I take back anything unkind I said about anything other than his looks and admit that I was falling into the win trap.
In keeping with the theme of the season, Coco brought most of the runs to the party, beginning with a two-run homer (driving in Kawabata as he drove a high fastball into the ) two outs into the first. Odd inning – Hiyane, Ueda, and Kawabata all singled, but failed to advance the runner ahead of them. 2-0 Tokyo.
Ueda made Miyaguni question his fastball when he joined Balentien in knocking one out of the park in the third. 3-0 Tokyo.
Yagi started out with five Ks and no hits in the first 3 1/3 innings, not letting a man on until Terauchi doubled. An out later, Yagi walked Takahashi. Chono then hit an RBI double and Yagi walked Lopez.
Bases loaded. Yagi walked Bowker. Maybe I was too kind to the kid. 3-2 Tokyo.
In the fourth, Sakamoto fumbled a Morioka grounder. Ha! (I admit some of my dislike of Sakamoto stems from his idiotic fans’ aping of a life insurance commercial featuring him in their choice of his song – a crappy pseudo-rock song at that. You suck, Haya-chan!)
Morioka advanced to scoring position on a Yamada hit-and-run, then scored on a Nakamura single. 4-2 Tokyo.
The Giants’ last run came in the fifth. Kamei singled, then Yagi struck out Sakamoto. (Ha!) Terauchi managed a double on a hit-and-run, then Kamei scored on a Murata sac-fly. 4-3 Tokyo.
With Takagi on the mound for Yomiuri in the fifth, Balentien led off with a solo homer. Number 44. 5-3 Tokyo.
Two outs into the sixth, Hiyane doubled and Ueda drove him in. 6-3 Tokyo, Final.
One shaky inning aside, Yagi pitched a solid five innings and showed he could strike out some Giants. Tomorrow night is a big night.