June 27th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 1
Tokyo Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWWWL
(Shizuoka Kusanagi Baseball Stadium)
Tokyo saw its three-game winning streak come to a halt at the hands of one Miles Mikolas.
|W: Mikolas (4-3; 2.25 ERA)
L: Arakaki (2-6; 4.03 ERA)
Tokyo starter, Nagisa Arakaki, pitched a great game. By any objective measure, he had the type of afternoon that 100% of starting pitchers would be happy with: eight innings, five hits, six Ks, two BBs, and one earned run.
|Chono (CF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Tateoka (2B)||2||Miwa (CF)|
|Kamei (RF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Sakamoto (SS)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Abe (C)||5||Dening (LF)|
|Anderson (LF)||6||Morioka (SS)|
|Aikawa (C)||7||Yuhei (RF)|
|Murata (3B)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Mikolas (P)||9||Arakaki (P)|
But Mikolas was even better. His complete game shutout involved just 104, two hits, five Ks, and nary a free base.
Morioka was the first Tokyo runner on base with two outs in the fifth inning. He lined a 3-1 heater into center to break up Mikolas’s perfect game bid.
Tokyo’s second hit came in the bottom of the sixth when Yamada drove a 1-2 fastball off the wall in left-center for a double. And that was the end of Tokyo’s offense.
Yomiuri put the game away one out later when Abe crushed a 1-0 Arakaki fastball that was just a little too high in the zone. The ball cleared the wall in center, and that was the game.
Ondrusek pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Swallows, but Mikolas was able to get through the final frame of his shutout on 14 pitches. Yuichi, pinch-hitting for Miwa, struck out swinging to end the game.
Game three of this series is scheduled for tomorrow evening at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. Shohei Tateyama will be making his first start of the year, and first appearance since early 2014, against Yomiuri’s Sugano.