August 27th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Tajima; 2-7 / 6.10 ERA L: Furuno; 1-2 / 4.65 ERA.|
As the Swallows begin to lose touch of that final playoff spot (now 7 games behind and counting) there is now really only one reason to watch Tokyo’s games as this season enters it’s final stretch. And that reason is Coco Balentien AND HIS NOBLE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY.
|1||Fujii (CF)||1||Hiyane (RF)|
|2||Ibata (SS)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Morino (2B)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Wada (LF)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|5||Hirata (RF)||5||Yuichi (1B)|
|6||Clark (1B)||6||Morioka (SS)|
|7||Takahashi (3B)||7||Tanaka (2B)|
|8||Tanishige (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Nakata (P)||9||Furuno (P)|
Tonight was half price beer night at Jingu, thus my memory of events is rather hazy. Here are the main points plucked from my alcohol riddled memory:
- Furuno started and finally came unstuck in his fifth start since joining the rotation. He gave up 8 runs in his two innings of work for his second loss in as many starts.
- Chunichi starter Nakata was almost as bad, getting tagged for 6 runs in his 1 and 1/3 innings of work.
- Balentien hit his 49th and 50th home runs of the season. His first came in the 2nd and was a three run shot. His second was a solo homer in the 7th. He has now hit 16 home runs in the month of August, which ties the Japanese record for homers in a month. He has four games in which to break that record. He has significantly more games (33) in which to break the Japanese single season home run record of 55. He is currently on pace for 66. Though that doesn’t take into account the fact that soon will come the time when he won’t see a pitch within a metre or so of the strike zone. Here’s plenty more information on his feat.
- After Furuno tossed batting practice, the Swallows ‘pen (two innings from Shichijo and Oshimoto, then an inning each from Kyuko, Barnette, and Yamamoto) held the Dragons to two runs over the final seven innings. Shichijo and Yamamoto were responsible for a run each.
- I remember nothing more. And that’s probably a good thing.
- Tomorrow’s game will see Yagi take on the 62 year old Masa Yamamoto.