September 25th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The other shoe finally dropped and the Swallows found themselves on the losing end of a Giants game at Jingu for the first time this season.
|W: Houlton (8-4); L: Yagi (5-12); S: Nishimura (42)|
|1||Itaru Hashimoto (CF)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Takayuki Terauchi (SS)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Kenji Yano (LF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Shuichi Murata (3B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Jose Lopez (1B)||5||Yuichi (Matsumoto) (1B)|
|6||John Bowker (RF)||6||Ysushi Iihara (RF)|
|7||Ken Kato (C)||7||Keizo Kawashime (SS)|
|8||Soichiro Tateoka (2B)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||D.J. Houlton (P)||9||Ryosuke Yagi (P)|
The 1.5-gun Giants beat the top team Swallows in a fairly typical fashion. The Swallows took the lead on a Balentien RBI in the first, but that was all the run support poor Yagi got. Unfortunately Yagi couldn’t quite hold it together and gave up a four run fourth inning to the Giants. With a three run lead the Giants brought out their better relievers to spell Houlton, and the Swallows offense never really threatened. The result was a 4-1 Giants win.
- With strong swirling winds, this game was the first since April that felt cold to attend. Perhaps on a related note, Balentien was pulled before the top of the fifth inning after he felt tightness in his Achilles.
- Balentien’s departure paved way for Jun Matsui’s return to the top team. Matsui made his first appearance since the opener on March 29. He went 1-for-2 in Balentien’s stead.
- Balentien’s RBI in the first puts him at 125 for the season. Tony Blanco collected two RBIs against the Tigers to put him at 127.
- After being used as a starter, Tokuyama made his first career appearance in relief and tossed two shutout innings.
- Roman also pitched two innings of scoreless relief after Yagi’s departure.
- The Swallows will have the day off tomorrow before they face the Carp at Jingu on Saturday.
- The BayStars won tonight widening the gap between fifth and sixth to 3.5 games. The Swallows have 9 games left while the BayStars only have 6 games left, including 2 games head to head. The chances of catching up are getting pretty slim. If the BayStars win both games against the Swallows they will come out ahead of the Swallows even if they lose all the other games and the Swallows win the other 7 games on their docket. The full win percentage chart is presented below. Assuming no more ties the W% column will show the team’s win percentages depending on the record they achieve.