August 8th, 2014
Yokohama BayStars 3
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW
‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
The answer: Sunday, April 13th.
|W: Ishikawa (8-7); L: Inoh (10-6)|
The question: When did Tokyo last defeat Yokohama?
Yep, the Swallows snapped a nine-game losing streak against the BayStars, bringing their record against the hapless (but for us) seasiders to 4-11 for the season so far. And what a win it was.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Ishikawa (2B)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Kuwahara (CF)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Kajitani (RF)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Blanco (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Tsutsugo (LF)|
|6||Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Baldiris (3B)|
|7||Morioka (SS)||7||Yamazaki (SS)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kurobane (C)|
|9||Ishikawa (P)||9||Inoh (P)|
|RP||Kiya, Akiyoshi, Nakazawa||RP||Tanaka, Osada, Hirata, Kaga|
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought –
Top of the third:
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
With one out, Kawabata doubled, Balentien walked, and Yuhei hit the first pitch he saw toright field for an RBI single. Hatakeyama followed this up with a three-run homer to left.
After Morioka struck out, Nakamura walked and Ishikawa hit the first pitch he saw – a fastball down the middle. Not a bit show by the battery. Young Yamada followed this up with a three-run home run to right, spellingthe end to Inoh’s imploding start. Tanaka took the mound and Ueda then managed to strike out for the third out of the inning, his earlier ground out having been the first out. 7-0 Tokyo.
Top of the fifth: Hatake singled, Morioka K’ed again, then Nakamura cracked a two-run round-tripper on the first pitch he saw, a slightly inside fastball. Yamada walked, Ueda finally got on base with a hit, and Kawabata hit another RBI. 10-0 Tokyo.
Bottom of the fifth: Yamazaki, Goto, and Ishikawa piled up hits for a run. 10-1 Tokyo.
Top of the sixth: Osada took the mound for the hosts and struck out Yuhei. Hatake then smacked another home run. 11-1 Tokyo.
Bottom of the sixth: Blanco led off with a double and, two outs later, Yamazaki and Kurobane strung together hits to drive him in. 11-2 Tokyo.
Top of the ninth: Kaga hurling for the homeboys. Nakamura, Takeuchi, and Yamada hit to load the bases. Ueda drove in a run with a sac-fly. 12-2 Tokyo.
Bottom of the ninth: Would there be a BayStar rally? Nakazawa pitching. Takajo reached first on an error at third. Ishikawa got nabbed at first headsliding like a moron. Tamura doubled in a run. 12-3 Tokyo, Final.
“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.