August 25th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 2
Tokyo Swallows 5
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Ishikawa (8-9 / 3.85 ERA); L: Koyama (0-1 / 4.02); S: Barnette (29 S / 0.57)|
A quality seven plus innings from Ishikawa and home runs from Nakamura and Yamada were enough to brush aside Yomiuri on a night in which beer flowed freely at Jingu.
|1||Tateoka (CF)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|2||Kataoka (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Abe (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||C***o (RF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Murata (3B)||6||Milledge (LF)|
|7||Ohta (LF)||7||Ohbiki (SS)
|8||Kobayashi (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Koyama (P)||9||Ishikawa (P)|
Tonight was the last of the summer’s half price beer night promotions, which meant a sell out crowd of 30,914 were present to get drunk while shouting obscenities at their neighbours from across town.
Obviously intimidated by the waft of alcohol emanating from the stands, Yomiuri starter Koyama lasted just 1.2 innings before being pulled by Hara. In the 1st singles from Hiyane and Kawabata got the party started before Yamada walked to load the bases with no outs. After Hatake and Yuhei failed to pull the trigger, it was left to Lastings Milledge to remain patient, bringing home the go -ahead walk on the bases loaded walk, 1-0 Tokyo. Ohbiki would ground out to second to end the inning.
In the 2nd, Nakamura doubled that lead, hitting one into the gurning orange muppets in left to make it 2-0. The inning still had more to give though, as a single from Ishikawa, grounder from Hiyane (double play), and back-to-back walks for Kawabata and Yamada led to the departure of starter Koyama. The pitching switch made no difference though, as Hatake smacked one up the left field foul line to bring home another run. 3-0.
Tokyo’s final runs came in the 4th, with a Kawabata single and Yamada’s 32nd homer of the year giving the birds a comfy 5-0 lead.
Ishikawa meanwhile was dominant over the first two thirds of the night, not allowing a hit until the 6th. In the 7th a solo shot from the Piggy Overlord made it 5-1. And in the 8th two singles and a sac-fly pulled another run back, 5-2, with Akiyoshi coming in to get the final out of the inning.
All that was left was time for a Tony Barnette cameo, making his first appearance in ten days, sealing the deal with a scoreless 9th for his 29th save and we had ourselves a lovely 5-2 Tokyo Final.
- Ishikawa’s Final line: 7.2 IP / 95 NP / 4 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 2 ER. I love you Masanori.
- Yamada went 2 for 3 (HR, double) with two walks. He is currently batting .336, which is just behind CL leader Kawabata, who is now on .337 after tonight’s 3 for 3 with two walks performance.
- In rather more sobering news, Kawabata left the game after an infield single in the 7th, pulling up after reaching base, seemingly with some kind of muscle pull. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious because if he misses significant time…..well…….let’s not think about that.
- This was the first time in two weeks the Swallows have managed to win a series opener, having won only the middle game in each of the last three series.
- Tomorrow will see a seemingly rejuvinated Ogawa take the mound for the Swallows, with Yomiuri countering with the ball of slime that is Sugano, who has lost both his starts against Tokyo this year. In fact, he has yet to win in 5 career starts at the fabled home of Tokyo baseball. Let’s hope that tradition continues tomorrow.