October 4th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 10
Last 5: WLWWL Streak: Lost 1
This one didn’t count for much, as the Swallows clinched the Central League title two games ago.
Let’s say that again, just to make sure we do it right: The Swallows clinched the Central League title.
Rolls off the tongue, don’t it?
The Giants, fresh off of having one scrub pitcher busted for gambling and others investigated for the same crime (Yes, it is illegal), put together a shitty dessert for our guys at our least favorite place in the world. Rest assured, though, Tokyoites, you will not have to watch your team at the Tokyo Dome again this year.
And what a regular season it was. On top of the first CL title, young Tetsuto Yamada put in an MVP performance, leading the league in HRs (38), OBP (.416), SLG (.610), and stolen bases (34), while coming in second to Tokyo’s own Kawabata in average (.336 to .329) and Hatake in RBIs (105 to 100). Leading in round-trippers and steals – an NPB first. Only three times since 1950 has the CL MVP not been from the pennant winner – Oh twice and Balentien when he hit 60 homers. That’s another mark in Yamada’s favor.
On the mound, Tony Barnette tore things up with 41 saves (tied for the NPB lead) and Akiyoshi appeared in a whopping 74 games.
So what happened in the game?
|W: Utsumi (2-1-0); L: Yamanaka (6-2-0)|
|1||Ueda (CF)||1||Tateoka (CF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Ibata (2B)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (RF)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Abe (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Chono (RF)|
|6||Ohbiki (SS)||6||Kamei (LF)|
|7||Araki (1B)||7||Murata (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Yamanaka (P)||9||Utsumi (P)|
|RP||Sugiura, Tokuyama, Kyuko||RP||Miyaguni, Tahara, Yamaguchi, Matheson, Sawamura|
Yamanaka started for the Swallows, no doubt as an audition for the post-season, and had a rough outing. After two fairly solid innings he gave up 5 runs to the Giants in the third which included a Chono solo shot. 5-0 Giants
Sugiura took over for the next three innings and pitched no hit ball, although he did walk the bases loaded in the sixth. In brighter news he struck out the side in the fourth.
Offensively the Swallows couldn’t get much going against Utsumi. After Utsumi left the mound after 5 innings, Miyaguni took over. Miyaguni gave up a lead off single to Ueda and Yamada launched his 38th and final homer of the regular season. The resulting RBIs were good enough to give Yamada an even 100 for the season. 5-2 Giants
Just as the score got close the Giants put a dagger into the Swallows hearts with a 5 run seventh inning off of Tokuyama. Tokuyama battled for two strikeouts with men on but gave up a barrage of hits to the bottom of the Giants’ order. 10-2 Giants
Unlike the previous night the Swallows clearly took the foot off of the pedal not starting Hatakeyama and pulling Kawabata early.