Jun 27th 2015, vs Yomiuri

June 27th, 2015

FYGYomiuri 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.

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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.

YomiuriOrderTokyo
Chono (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Tateoka (2B)2Miwa (CF)
Kamei (RF)3Kawabata (3B)
Sakamoto (SS)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Abe (C)5Dening (LF)
Anderson (LF)6Morioka (SS)
Aikawa (C)7Yuhei (RF)
Murata (3B)8Nakamura (C)
Mikolas (P)9Arakaki (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.

0-1 FINAL

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.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Kozo

    Mikolas got some help from a strong wind that was blowing in all game. The Swallows had a couple of long fly balls that would’ve cleared the fence on a clear day. Props to Abe actually getting one over in those winds.