August 30th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 8
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Kiya (2-1; 4.63 ERA)
L: Mishima (5-8; 4.20 ERA)
A decent shift from starter Kiya along with a functioning bullpen + a lively evening for the bats + Balentien’s 52nd dingdingdonger = comfortable win against the BayStars. At this stage of this season, I am only really excited by the latter of those three things. COCO FOR PRIME MINISTER!
|Ishikawa (2B)||1||Hiyane (RF)|
|Kajitani (SS)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Morgan (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Blanco (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|Nakamura (3B)||5||Yuichi (1B)|
|Kinjoh (LF)||6||Aikawa (C)|
|Aranami (RF)||7||Yachi (SS)|
|Tsuruoka (C)||8||Yamada (2B)|
|Mishima (P)||9||Kiya (P)|
A single and a couple of walks for Kiya in the top of the 1st allowed DeDeDeDeNAAAA to take the lead off a Blanco groundout and the score was 1-0 Yokohama.
But the Swallows came roaring back as they punished Yokohama’s starter Mishima in the bottom of the inning. A walk and a single set the table for Kawabata who hit a three-run shot to left for 3-1 Tokyo. Mishima then starter his trend for the evening of “stay the fuck away from Coco” as he walked Balentien on four pitches to a chorus of boos from the Tokyo faithful. A single for Yuichi, a strikeout for Aikawa, and Yachi capitalising on a fumble from Blanco at first loaded the bases for Yamada, and he hit a sac fly to extend the lead to 4-1.
The BayStars pulled one back off two his in the 2nd to make it 4-2, but consecutive singles from Yamada, Kiya, and Hiyane restored the three run margin in the 3rd for 5-2.
After being walked once more by the oh so brave Mishima in the 2nd, Coco next came to the plate in the 4th, but this time facing reliever Yoshikawa. Yoshikawa attempted to continue the prior policy of Mishima, but he left his second attempt at going low and inside a little higher than intended, and before you could say “PUNISH HIM!!” Balentien had sent the ball into the Yokohama fans in left for 6-2. NUMBER 52.
A two run home run in the 6th for Yuichi would bring the scoring to a close for the Swallows, while Kyuko, Yamamoto, and Shichijo combined to work a hitless 2 and 1/3 innings in relief of Kiya and we had ourselves a 8-2 Tokyo Final.
- Kiya’s final line: 6.2 IP / 106 P / 6 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 2 ER. He earned his first win as a starter, and is now 1-1 in his three starts since being drafted in to the rotation as emergency help. He has frankly done considerably better than I’d expected. Good work Ryohei!
- Tokyo out hit their opposition 14-6 with Hiyane, Kawabata, Yuichi, Aikawa, and erm, Kiya all having two hit evenings.
- Coco’s 52nd was also his 18th for the month, extending his record on that front.
- 16,745 people were there to witness Tokyo narrow Yokohama’s season series lead to 10-7.
- Tomorrow will see Ogawa on the mound in his quest for 13 wins, while Coco will continue on his quest for history.