September 1st, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 1
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Ohbara (1-0-1); L: Ishiyama (3-2-2); S: Sosa (2-3-12)|
Matsuoka started on the mound and Iihara led off for Tokyo, as the Swallows continue to mix things up bit by bit, looking for a win. No such luck.
|1||Ishikawa (2B)||1||Iihara (RF)|
|2||Yamasaki (3B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Morgan (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Blanco (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Kajitani (SS)||5||Yuichi (1B)|
|6||Tamura (LF)||6||Aikawa (C)|
|7||Aranami (RF)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|8||Kurobane (C)||8||Yamada (2B)|
|9||Kobayashi (P)||9||Matsuoka (P)|
|RP||Soto, Fujie, Ohta, Ohbara, Sosa||RP||Yamamoto, Ishiyama|
The Swallows gave Yokohama shortstop Kajitani a workout in the first. Iihara led off with a single, made it to second on a high-bouncing Ueda groundout to short. Kawabata then duplicated the placement for a base hit. Balentien then drove Iihara in with a sac-fly. 1-0 Tokyo.
The workout appeared to loosen Kajitani up, as he drove a Matsuoka forkball over the middle into the home fans for a solo home run. 1-1.
Yokohama broke the stalemate in the top of the ninth, when Blanco singled and was replaced by the fleeter Shirasaki. Kajitani then attempted a sac-bunt, but made it to first as Aikawa blew the throw. Koike grounded out, but both runners advanced. Aranami then walked to load the bases before a Tsuruoka sac-bunt drove in what would be the winning run. 2-1 Yokohama, Final.
No, no one really pitches to Coco anymore. No fun for us anywhere but in beer and comaraderie.
The Swallows go over to the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.