August 22nd, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Giants remained winless at Jingu this year as Coco Balentien had another multi-homer night to set the club record for home runs in a season.
|W: Ishikawa (4-7); L: Sawamura (4-8)|
|1||Hayato Sakamoto (SS)||1||Wataru Hiyane (LF)|
|2||Takauchi Terauchi (2B)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Shuuichi Murata (3B)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Shinnosuke Abe (C)||4||Wladimir Balentien (RF)|
|5||Hisayoshi Chono (CF)||5||Yuichi (Matsumoto) (1B)|
|6||José López (1B)||6||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|7||Yoshiyuki Kamei (RF)||7||Ryosuke Morioka (SS)|
|8||Kenji Yano (LF)||8||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|9||Hirokazu Sawamura (P)||9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)|
Ishikawa looked shaky to start the game as he gave up three hits in the first inning. He managed to get out of the inning without any damage to the scoreboard. But in the next inning, Ishikawa gave up a trademark Ishikawa solo homer to Yano. 1-0 Giants
Sawamura was perfect through the first time around the order. But Sawamura showed his shaky self the next time around the order in the fourth. Hiyane lead off the fourth inning with a single. Ueda advanced the runner with a ground out. Kawabata tied the game with a deep single to right. 1-1 All Balentien came up to bat with the expectation of the 30,000+ crowd. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite deliver as he only singled to put men on the corners. The Swallows took the lead two pitches later as Yuichi took a Sawamura breaking ball the other way for a single. 2-1 Swallows The dagger in Sawamura’s heart came three pitches later as Sawamura left a curve ball hanging high in the zone to Aikawa. Aikawa dutifully sent the ball into the left field stands to extend the lead by three. 5-1 Swallows
Ishikawa got into a groove and settled down and got the Giants to go down 1-2-3 in the fifth. The Giants elected to keep Sawamura in the game and he got two quick outs before giving up a single to Kawabata. Unlike the previous inning, Balentien wasted no time in taking the first pitch he saw and sending it deep into the left field stands. 7-1 Swallows The homerun gave Coco 45 for the season which broke the club record of 44 jointly held by Roberto Petagine (1999) and Akinori Iwamura (2004). Coco also extended his record of home runs at Jingu (27) which he set during yesterday’s game.
The Giants kept Sawamura in for yet another inning although the Swallows weren’t able to capitalize any further. The Giants finally pulled Sawamura for Aoki in the seventh inning. Aoki got the first two batters he faced before having to face Balentien. With two out and no men on base Aoki threw junk outside the zone to Balentien. Coco patiently took what he was given before pouncing on a 3-1 pitch high and out of the zone and sent it into the Giants’ fans for his second home run of the night. 8-1 Swallows Hatake, Aikawa, and Kawashima followed with back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases but Yamada wasn’t able to get the crucial hit or walk that would have furthered the scoring.
While Ishikawa managed to settle down after the run support came through, he showed some fatigue in the eighth inning. Terauchi and Murata opened the inning with back-to-back singles. The runners advanced as Ishikawa managed to get Abe to ground out to first. Unfortunately Ishikawa beaned Chono (not necessarily a bad thing on its own) to load the bases. Ishikawa’s night ended as Lopez managed to get a high chopper to third that resulted in a run scoring single. 8-2 Swallows The Swallows brought out Yamamoto to hold the lead, but the Giants managed to get another run on a ground out to second which Yamada did a good job fielding. 8-3 Swallows
The Swallows inexplicably decided to bring out their new closer (Ishiyama) in for the ninth despite it not being a save situation. Ishiyama did give up a two-out single, but got the last out a harmless fly ball to preserve the five-run lead. 8-3 Swallows FINAL
Special Game Note
- Special shout out to our very own Scotty Cavs who was at tonight’s game. Tonight was Scott’s last Jingu game for a while as he will be embarking on a new path back home in the States. I think I speak for all the Tsubamegun writers when I wish Scott the best of luck in his future endeavours and say that it was a pleasure having him on the site the last couple of years. Scott still owes us one last game report, but we’re glad he got to see a nice win with the Jingu family.