September 30th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 3
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLTWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Everything was going just fine until Muranaka came down with a chronic case of the Blancos.
|W: Tsuchiya (2-1; 7.88 ERA)
L: Muranaka (4-9; 4.94)
S: Sosa (2-4 19S; 1.54)
But Coco launched number 59 as a consolation prize for the home fans.
|Ishikawa (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Yamazaki (3B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Kajitani (SS)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Blanco (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|Tamura (LF)||5||Yuichi (1B)|
|Kinjoh (RF)||6||Matsui (RF)|
|Aranami (CF)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|Tsuruoka (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Corcoran (P)||9||Muranaka (P)|
The birds built a quick lead in the early stages with a two run Nakamura single in the second inning, and a solo blast from Balentien in the third.
But Yokohama cut into the lead in the top of the fourth on a potential double-play ball up the middle that Morioka booted for an E6.
And then it was all Blanco, all over the place. With two outs and two men on in the top of the fifth, Muranaka allowed his third consecutive hit of the inning. Unfortunately for Muranaka, the guy in the batter’s box was Blanco. Muranaka served up something a little too juicy with the count at 0-2, and there was never really any doubt that it was gone.
Muranaka was allowed to stay in the game, and with one on and one out in the seventh, Blanco drove the first pitch he saw into the first few rows of bleachers in right field.
Two pitches, two homers, five RBI.
And Coco’s quest for the triple crown is just about over…
Muranaka took the loss and saw his ERA heave to 4.94 thanks to the six runs he surrendered over seven innings of work. He threw 120 pitches, struck out four, walked two, and allowed 10 hits.
Roman (4.40 ERA) and Kyuko (2.89 ERA) threw a perfect inning each of relief.
Kawabata and Nakamura both had two hits tonight with the former also contributing a walk and the latter bringing home Tokyo’s first two runs.
Tokyo’s penultimate home game of the season is scheduled for tomorrow night against Yomiuri. First pitch will be at 6PM.
- Balentien’s round-tripper would have been a two-run shot if Kawabata hadn’t tried to stretch his single into a double. It didn’t work out well for the lad.
- Yokohama won the season series against Tokyo 14-10.
- The only team that Tokyo won the season series against is Chunichi (13-11).
- Tokyo is now back to four games behind Yokohama in fifth place.
- Balentien now trails Blanco by six RBI (128 to 134, respectively).