Apr 13th 2014, @ Yokohama

April 13th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 2

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW

(Yokohama Stadium)

Two relative unknowns started the game today. Yokohama’s Moscoso looked to build on his solid first performance as a BayStar, and Kiya took the mound for the first time in 2014 on Tokyo’s behalf.

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W: Kiya (1-0; 2.57 ERA)
L: Moscoso (0-2; 3.00)
S: Carpenter (3S; 6.75)

Balentien again found himself starting in left field for the birds, while Imanami filled the gap once again between 2nd and 3rd.

TokyoOrderYokohama
Yamada (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
Ueda (RF)2Yamazaki (SS)
Kawabata (3B)3Kajitani (RF)
Balentien (LF)4Tsutsugo (3B)
Yuhei (CF)5Baldiris (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Aranami (CF)
Aikawa (C)7Kinjo (LF)
Imanami (SS)8Takajo (C)
Kiya (P)9Moscoso (P)

And this game turned out to be surprisingly delightful. Kiya was fantastic, the offense won the game on three long balls, and the relievers didn’t allow a single base-runner!

In the top of the first, Ueda hit his first round-tripper of the season.

1-0 Tokyo

And in the third, Yamada’s two-run jack increased the advantage.

3-0 Tokyo

Don't get your hopes up just yet; he didn't face a particularly dangerous lineup. But two runs over seven innings? Thank you very, very much, Mr. Kiya.

Don’t get your hopes up just yet; he didn’t face a particularly dangerous lineup. But two runs over seven innings? Thank you very, very much, Mr. Kiya.

However, Kiya experienced a bit of a wobble in the bottom of that inning. He allowed three consecutive hits, the last of which was a bases-clearing double, as the advantage was whittled down to one. Once he got out of the third, he was far more stable the rest of the way.

3-2 Tokyo

But Balentien left his mark on this game as well with a solo shot of his own with two outs in the sixth.

4-2 Final

Kyuko and Carpenter put in an inning each of relief and retired all six batters they faced.

Kiya got the win with his high quality start. Seven innings, two runs (both earned), six hits, three Ks, and three walks. 2.57 ERA.

GAME NOTES:

Your Tokyo Swallows have now won two series so far this season.

Balentien has homered once in each of the last four games. That’s one homer at Nagoya Dome on the 10th, and one bomb in each of the three games this past weekend in Yokohama.

The birds may or may not have benefited from Blanco not being in the Yokohama lineup for two days straight.

Kawabata and Hatakeyama are the only regular starters that have yet to hit a home run.

The birds next head to Shizuoka for a home-away-from-home game against Yomiuri. On Wednesday and Thursday the teams will play out the rest of the series at Jingu.

Coco hits his sixth bomb of the year.

Coco hits his sixth bomb of the year.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini