May 10th 2014, @ Yokohama

May 10th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 1

Yokohama BayStars 2

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

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.

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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.

TokyoOrderYokohama
Yamada (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
Ueda (CF)2Yamazaki (SS)
Morioka (3B)3Kajitani (CF)
Balentien (LF)4Baldiris (3B)
Yuhei (RF)5Tsutsugo (LF)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Goto (1B)
Araki (SS)7Kinjo (RF)
Aikawa (C)8Nishimori (C)
Narveson (P)9Moscoso (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.

Figuring it out? Just one pitch separated Narveson from his first win in Japan.

Figuring it out? Just one pitch separated Narveson from his first win in Japan.

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.

0-2 Yokohama

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.

1-2 Final

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.

Narveson broke up Moscoso's no-hit bid in the third.

Narveson broke up Moscoso’s no-hit bid in the third.

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

  • Yesterday’s loss means that the birds are officially in last place. The team can draw even with Yokohama if they prevail this afternoon.