July 13th, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Miura (1-4; 4.64 ERA)
L: Muranaka (0-1; 7.11)
But, alas, the result was still the same.
|Kajitani (RF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Yamasaki (SS)||2||Kawabata (1B)|
|Gourriel (3B)||3||Balentien (LF)|
|Tsutsugoh (LF)||4||Yuhei (CF)|
|Gotoh (1B)||5||Morioka (3B)|
|Ishikawa (2B)||6||Aikawa (C)|
|Kuwahara (CF)||7||Takeuchi (RF)|
|Kurobane (C)||8||Kawashima (SS)|
|Miura (P)||9||Muranaka (P)|
For the second game in a row, a major component of the team’s potential success was welcomed back from the DL. Last night it was starting pitcher, Ogawa. This evening it was everyone’s favorite slugger, Balentien. Neither were able to do much to influence the game in a positive way for the home team, but it sure is a relief to have them back.
Balentien started in left and was a part of the team’s first run being scored in the bottom of the first. Miura had a hard time finding the strike zone in that frame, and the birds capitalized on a pair of free bases (plus a fielding error) and a Yuhei single to draw level at one (Gourriel homered in the first).
Yokohama grabbed another run in the top of the second when Kurobane’s single scored Ishikawa with one out.
All hell broke loose in the top of the fifth. Muranaka got the first out on Miura’s foul pop-up near first, but then the wheels basically fell off. Five consecutive hits later (including two doubles), and the BayStars had themselves four runs. Muranaka was invited to take a rest, and Akiyoshi secured the final two outs of the inning.
Tokyo finally got back into the game in the bottom of the seventh thanks partly to another fielding error. Takeuchi reached on the error, Kawashima popped up to short, and Iwamura bundled a single into right. Yamada ripped an RBI double to center and Kawabata drew a walk which loaded the bases. Iihara, hitting in Balentien’s place, roped one to left which scored two. The inning and fun ended on Yuhei’s GIDP.
But that’s as close as your birds would get. Yokohama scored one unearned run (passed ball) in the top of the eighth with Carpenter on the mound, and another earned run in the ninth on Barnette’s watch.
So the birds got swept at home by Yokohama. That’s never much fun. And I’d love to know the last time that the team was outscored at home 25-6 over three games against our lovely neighbors to the south.
Miura got the win, his first of the year believe it or not.
Muranaka took the loss, his first decision of the year. He threw 88 pitches over four and 1/3 innings while allowing 10 hits (one homer) and six runs (five earned). He didn’t strike anyone out, and he walked one batter. His ERA belched to 7.11 in the process.
Thanks to the upcoming All-Star break, the birds don’t have a day off tomorrow. You can catch them at Tokyo Dome for the next three nights. All three games start at 6:30 PM.