August 31st, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
In past seasons we’ve accused the Swallows of playing down to the BayStars at times, comfortable in the knowledge that we were the better team. The 2013 Swallows at this point are, at best, equals with their counterparts from Yokohama and games like tonight help bolster that argument.
|W: Yamaguchi (5-2)
L: Barnette (1-8)
|1||Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)||1||Wataru Hiyane (RF)|
|2||Noriharu Yamazaki (3B)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Nyjer Morgan (CF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Tony Blanco (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Takayuki Kajitani (SS)||5||Yuichi (Matsumoto) (1B)|
|6||Masaaki Koike (LF)||6||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|7||Sho Aranami (RF)||7||Ryota Yachi (SS)|
|8||Toshiki Kurobane (C)||8||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|9||Shoichi Ino (P)||9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)|
The BayStars took an early one run lead off of Swallows’ ace Yasuhiro Ogawa in the second, but the Swallows took the lead in a big way with four run innings in both the third and the fourth. 8-1 Swallows The BayStars crawled back with single runs in the fifth and sixth, and two runs in the seventh. 8-5 Swallows
Despite the runs the Swallows still had a three run lead going into the eighth inning. The Swallows sent out Tony Barnette to hopefully set up for Ishikawa. Tony led off with a walk to Kajitani but managed to get Koike to fly out. Aranami poked a single to center to put men on the corners with one out. Aranami proceeded to steal second to take away the possibility of a double play. Barnette managed to get Kurobane to strikeout after 7 pitches for the second out and it looked like the Swallows would be able to get out of the inning with the lead intact. Instead Barnette fell behind 3-0 to Nakamura before finally getting the count full before throwing a close outside fastball that was called ball four to load the bases. Tony didn’t look too happy with the call and fell behind 3-1 to Ishikawa before throwing a low outside fastball that was called ball four. 8-6 Swallows Some choice words were yelled at the umpire and Tony was pulled from the game for Shichijo. Shichijo battled Yamazaki for eight pitches but ultimately lost as he gave up a double off the left field wall for two runs. 8-8 All Shichijo made way for Emura, and the Swallows faithful were contemplating the thought of extra innings despite already being at the stadium for almost four hours. Even those gloomy thoughts were obliterated as Nyjer “Tony Plush” Morgan launched a 2-2 fastball into the right field stands. 11-8 BayStars
The teams exchanged runs in the ninth but the Swallows never really threatened. 12-9 BayStars FINAL
- Balentien went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, an RBI, and called strikeout. Balentien swung at some bad pitches and his body language seemed to convey some frustration as the BayStars pitchers largely avoided the strike zone.
- Yuichi managed to make the BayStars pay for walking Coco by going 3-for-5 with two runs, and two RBIs. Yuichi has now recorded five straight games with an RBI.
- Ogawa ended the night with 6.1 innings pitched on 116 pitches. He gave up five earned runs, on nine hits (including 2 homers) but he gave up no walks and collected seven strikeouts. Ogawa was in line to get the win but got a no decision instead.
- The game lasted four hours and twenty-five minutes and was witnessed by 26,188 people.
- The Swallows will end the homestand tomorrow with Matsuoka on the mount. First pitch will be at a very odd-for-Jingu 17:00.