March 28th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: W
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The 2014 campaign is off to a good start. Nice weather for a sizable crowd, no serious injuries, and a whopping start to a whopping win. Baseball season can be fun, Tokyo fans. Ogawa-kantoku even looked a little misty-eyed as he left the field after the game.
|W: Ogawa (1-0), L: Mishima (0-1)|
|1||Ishikawa (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Yamazaki (SS)||2||Yuhei (CF)|
|3||Kajitani (RF)||3||Balentien (RF)|
|4||Blanco (1B)||4||Milledge (LF)|
|5||Tsutsugo (LF)||5||Kawabata (3B)|
|6||Baldiris (3B)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Kinjoh (CF)||7||Aikawa (C)|
|8||Kurobane (C)||8||Nishiura (SS)|
|9||Mishima (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
|RP||Mikami, Hayashi, Hirata, Osada||RP||Ishiyama, Yagi, Yamamoto|
The Swallows came out swinging, but the blizzard of runs started with lead-off man Yamada getting plunked by a high inside fastball. Yuhei then ended an eight-pitch at-bat with a single. Balentien then started his season with a strike out. No worry, though: Milledge hit an RBI single and Kawabata walked to load the bases.
This brought up a leaner-looking Hatakeyama to clear the bases with a three-run double to dead center. An Aikawa single then put men on the corners, bringing up rookie Naomichi Nishiura. Poor kid got himself branded with a moment that will be remembered throughout his pro career, right in his first professional at-bat. We all know what the first scene in his retirement video montage will be:
The three-run home run he hit. Not only was it his first plate appearance, it was the first pitch he’d seen.
Ogawa and Yamada then struck out to end the inning. 7-0, Tokyo.
The BayStars tried to strike back. Blanco, Tsutsugo, Baldiris, and Kinjoh strung together four hits to garner a run before the Birds put three down to get out of the inning. 7-1, Tokyo.
Kazuki Mishima came back out to the mound to dig himself out of his deep, deep hole in the second. Yuhei, single. Coco, K again. Milledge, single. Kawabata, RBI single. Fludge, fly out. Aikawa, RBI double. Nishiura, fly out. 9-1, Tokyo.
Ogawa left the game after six solid innings for a very high quality start. Ishiyama, Yagi, and Yamamoto each put in a top notch inning to end a lovely evening at Jingu. 9-1, Tokyo, Final.
More BayStars and, let us hope more butt-whooping, tomorrow.