September 10th, 2014
Yokohama BayStars 2
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL
|W: Yamaguchi (7-3 ; 2.91 ERA )
L: Sugiura (0-1 ; 3.00 ERA)
Rookie Toshihiro Sugiura impressed on his pro-debut, but alas it was all in vain as the Swallows were embarrassingly blanked by a BayStars starter for the second straight game.
|1||Yamada (2B)||1||Kajitani (RF)|
|2||Morioka (SS)||2||Yamazaki (SS)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Gurriel (2B)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Tsutsugo (LF)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Blanco (1B)|
|6||Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Ishikawa (CF)|
|7||Ihara (RF)||7||Baldiris (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kurobane (C)|
|9||Sugiura (P)||9||Yamaguchi (P)|
This time it was the turn of Shun Yamaguchi to pitch a complete game shut out, with Tokyo again managing just four hits over the stretch. Their only real chance of the game came in the 7th, as back-to-back singles for Kawabata and Balentien put men on the corners with no outs, but a Yuhei fly ball to the catcher and Hatake double play snuffed out the Swallows chance for their first run of the series.
Suguira meanwhile deserved much better. After giving up a lead-off homer to Kajitani, just as Narveson had the night prior, he settled down superbly, striking out 9 and allowing no walks over his 6 innings of work. After the 1st, he allowed a triple in the 3rd, and a double and single in the 6th cost him his second and final earned run of the evening. His final line was 6 IP / 88 P / 4 H / 9 K / 0 BB / 2 ER, which I’m sure you’ll agree, is all kinds of encouraging.
After Toshihiro departed, Nakazawa loaded the bases with one out in the 7th, before Yamamoto came in and escaped via a double play. Matsuoka worked a perfect 8th, but with the bats so quiet that was all she wrote for a 2-0 Yokohama Final. Tonight marks the 7th time this season that Swallows were shut out over the distance.
Yokohama now lead the season series by an incredible 15-6.
Tomorrow will see Ishikawa take the mound for the birds, praying for the impotent Swallows bats to find a bit of wood.