September 26th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 4
Last 5: WWWWL Streak: Lost 1
(The Suidobashi Stain Dome)
Your birds couldn’t build on or protect an early lead against second place Yomiuri. The difference at the top of the Central League is now one game.
|W: Takagi (9-10; 3.19 ERA)
L: Roman (4-5; 2.54 ERA)
S: Sawamura (7-3 35S; 1.36 ERA)
|1||Ueda (CF)||1||Tateoka (CF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Kataoka (2B)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Abe (C)|
|5||Balentien (LF)||5||Chono (RF)|
|6||Yuhei (RF)||6||Kamei (LF)|
|7||Ohbiki (SS)||7||Okamoto (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Ishiyama (P)||9||Takagi (P)|
With Ueda on second (HBP) and Kawabata on first (catcher interference), Yamada hit a 1-2 cutter high into the corner in left, ricocheting off the yellow foul pole. Home run number 37 for Tokyo’s star second baseman.
But Yomiuri got back into the game in the bottom of the second when Chono homered with Abe standing on first (BB).
And Okamoto tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a single to right which scored Chono from third.
Abe’s two out double in the fifth ended up being the game-winner for Yomiuri during Roman’s inning of early relief.
Four Yomiuri relievers combined to keep Tokyo hitless over the final four frames of this contest.
This was a huge win for the Giants, and now even more pressure is on Tokyo to get a win tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 PM with lefty Ishikawa (12-9, 3.37 ERA) facing off against Sugano. Ishikawa is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA against Yomiuri this year. Sugano is 0-3 with a 6.89 ERA against Tokyo (tee hee).