Sep 17th 2013, @ Yokohama

September 17th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 8

Yokohama BayStars 6

Streak: Won 3 Last 5: LLWWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Roman (3-5 / 4.99); L: Kagami (1-3 / 7.40); S: Ishiyama (5S / 2.86)

After the exciting distraction of Coco’s quest for 55 and beyond last week, this week sees the Swallows back in the realms of a harsher reality, in a CL basement battle with Yokohama. And in the end this evening, after taking an big lead, thanks partially to the generosity of the opposition pitchers, they hung on for a win that puts them four games behind their 5th placed rivals. NOSEBLEED ALERT!!!! NOSEBLEED ALERT!!!! Oh, and no, he didn’t, Balentien remains at 57.

 Swallows BayStars
1Yamada (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
2Ueda (CF)2Morgan (CF)
3Kawabata (3B)3Kajitani (SS)
4Balentien (LF)4Nakamura (3B)
5Yuichi (1B)5Tamura (LF)
6Ihara (RF)6Gotoh (1B)
7Morioka (SS)7Kinjo (RF)
8Nishida (C)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Muranaka (P)9Kagami (P)

Tokyo’s starter for the evening was Kyohei Muranaka, a man who after his last start back in the beginning of August the manager said could no longer be relied upon to contribute from here on out. Well, I can only guess that now the Swallows are mired in 6th, and all that is left to play for are individual records, Ogawa had a change of heart. That or he decided to attempt to bring Swallows fans back down to earth with a bump after last week’s Balentien related festivities.

Two singles from Ueda and Kawabata followed by two walks in the 1st put the birds ahead against goon-faced BayStars starter Kagami, 1-0 Tokyo. 

In the 2nd,  Muranaka got on board after a dropped third strike wild pitch. A Yamada single and Ueda double made it 2-0 before a Kawabata sacfly made it 3-0.

In the bottom of the inning, a walk, dead ball and single loaded the bases for Yokohama with two outs. An Ishikawa single brought home one run but the ‘Stars got greedy with Kinjoh thrown out at home trying to add another run which ended the inning with the score at 3-1.

In the 4th, Nishida got things going with a single (his first hit as a pro no less), then a Yamada single and two-run Kawabata double made it 5-1, and that was it for Kagami as Yokohama moved to the ‘pen. That helped not though as three straight walks gave Ihara his second free RBI of the evening for 6-1. Morioka singled home another run to cap a four-run inning and generate a 7-1 scoreline.

But then Muranaka Muranaka’d all over himself in the 5th, allowing five runs off five hits (capped off by a two-run Kinjoh homer) and things were a lot dicier at 7-6. Muranaka was removed after said home run, and Roman came in to get the two final outs of the inning.

The bullpen team of Roman, Barnette, Yamamoto, and Ishiyama then shut things down with an inning each of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits over the final four frames of this one.

Miyamoto also pitched in, hitting a timely pinch-hit single to centre in the 8th that added on a nerve-easing insurance run, and we had ourselves a 8-6 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • Muranaka’s final line: 4.1 IP / 110 P / 10 H / 4 K / # BB / 1 HBP / 6 ER. Pretty much par for the course really.
  • Balentien watch: 0 for 4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. He had his chances, and he saw a fair few good pitches. Particularly in the 7th when he came to the plate with the bases juiced and two outs on the board, but he struck out swinging.
  • The top three spots in the order all had two-hit evenings, as did Mr.“TOKYO UP!!” Morioka.
  • Yokohama’s pitchers issued 12 free passes to first tonight, including those two bases-loaded charity walks.
  • 18,600 folks saw this one, and it lasted quite possibly the longest 4 hours 17 minutes of my life.
  • Tomorrow night’s game will see Ishikawa take on Mishima on the mound.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • Kozo

    With Tony Blanco not starting Balentien had a chance to narrow the gap in the RBI race. Blanco currently leads 125 to 120. Post home run record, I think the Triple Crown chase is the next thing to try to keep the viewing motivation up.