May 19th, 2015
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Furuno (1-0 / 2.70 ERA)
L: Kubo (3-3 / 3.50 ERA)
S: Barnette (10 S / 0.00 ERA)
|1||Ishikawa (2B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Shirasaki (SS)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Shimozno (RF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Tsutsugo (LF)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Lopez (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Baldiris (3B)||6||Milledge (LF)|
|7||Aranami (CF)||7||Morioka (SS)|
|8||Minei (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Kubo (P)||9||Furuno (P)|
All the scoring for this one was done by the end of the 2nd inning. In the top of the first, with Furuno on the mound making his first start of 2015, things looked bleak as a double and sac bunt put Ishikawa on third with no outs, with him scoring on a lucky Shimozono bloop to shallow left, which the returning Lastings Milledge couldn’t quite get to. 1-0 Baystars.
Sunlight then poked it’s head out from behind the clouds as Yamada led off the game by thwacking the second pitch from starter Kubo over the fence in left, 1-1. A single – walk – single sequence then loaded the bases with no outs for the birds, but the team’s struggles with the bat were then perfectly encapsulated as an altogether grimmer strike out swinging – caught liner at short – grounder to second sequence stranded all three men with the scores still tied.
The ultimate savior came from an unlikely source in the 2nd. With one out on the board, Furuno hit a fly ball to right, which a backing up Shimozono made a hash of, and the subsequent comedy of errors in the field for Yokohama allowed Furuno to come to halt at third. While it was officially scored as an error in right, given my fondness of Furuno, we here at Tsubamegun have used our not inconsiderable clout to officially overrule that decision: FURUNO TRIPLE.
More drama would follow as Yamada’s helmet found itself on the receiving end of a high and inside 147 km/h fastball, starter Kubo was ejected, with Tetsuto returning to the game thankfully seemingly unscathed. Ueda then capped off the fun and games with a sac fly to centre, 2-1 Tokyo.
Given the paucity of runs of late, it was up to the arms to bring this one home and boy did they:
Furuno: 6 IP / 91 P / 5 H / 3 K / 0 BB / 1 ER.
Roman: 1 IP / 5 P / 1 H / O BB / 0 ER.
Ondrusek: 1 IP / 18 P / 1 H / 0 BB / 0 ER.
Barnette: 1 IP / PERFECTAMUNDO.
2-1 Tokyo Final.
- The returning Lastings went 1 for 3 before being replaced by Roman in a double switch.
- 15,128 folks were there to witness the Swallows march from 6th to 4th in one fell swoop, with Hanshin and Hiroshima both losing tonight. They are now a mere 6.5 games out of first.
- And so begins Tokyo’s inevitable climb back up the table, and Yokohama’s regression to their rightful home in the basement. Hopefully.
- Tomorrow will see Arakaki taking on Miura for the good guys.