May 10th, 2014
Yokohama BayStars 2
Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL
After winning two consecutive series against the likes of Hanshin and Hiroshima, Tokyo have already dropped the first two games against the only team in the Central League who is having a relatively harder time getting its poop sorted.
|W: Moscoso (3-3; 3.34 ERA)
L: Narveson (0-3; 4.14)
S: Mikami (0-0 4S; 0.43)
And this despite Chris Narveson having one hell of a day on the mound.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Ishikawa (2B)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Yamazaki (SS)|
|Morioka (3B)||3||Kajitani (CF)|
|Balentien (LF)||4||Baldiris (3B)|
|Yuhei (RF)||5||Tsutsugo (LF)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Goto (1B)|
|Araki (SS)||7||Kinjo (RF)|
|Aikawa (C)||8||Nishimori (C)|
|Narveson (P)||9||Moscoso (P)|
Former Milwaukee Brewer, Narveson, went eight innings this afternoon, but he didn’t get a chance to pitch the ninth because his club-wielding teammates could only score one run with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the eighth.
Building on his solid seven-inning performance last Sunday, Narveson carried a no-hitter through 6⅓ and finished eight innings having surrendered just a single base knock.
But it was that one hit that cost him the game.
With one out and Kajitani on first (BB), Baldiris rocked the first pitch of his third at-bat into the left-center stands.
The birds got one back in the top of the next inning on Iihara’s pinch-hit single with the bases loaded, but that was about it.
And Narveson is still without his first NPB win.
Narveson’s line: eight innings, 98 pitches, one hit (HR), two Ks, five BBs, two runs (both earned). His ERA eased slightly to 4.14. He was also 1-3 at the plate with his first hit this season (and the Swallows’ only hit during the first five innings).
If he keeps pitching like he has over the past week (two consecutive high quality starts), then the wins will come. The hot-hitting Kawabata was not in the lineup due to back tightness. His status remains day to day.
Your long-tailed penguins will attempt to salvage a bit of dignity tomorrow starting at 1PM.