April 16th, 2016
Yokohama BayStars 0
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: LWLWW Last 5: Won 2
(Matsuyama Botchan Stadium)
The big question of the afternoon was which Ishikawa would show up. Would it be the quality start Ishikawa of April 2nd (seven innings, 1 earned run), or the five earned runs over four innings Ishikawa of March 26th and April 9th?
|W: Ishikawa (2-2)
L: Inoh (1-2)
S: Ondrusek (3)
Thankfully for those of us watching the game, it turned out to be the former.
|1||Kuwahara (CF)||1||Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Ishikawa (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Ide (RF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Tsutsugoh (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Lopez (3B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Shirane (1B)||6||Morioka (1B)|
|7||Kuramoto (SS)||7||Yachi (SS)|
|8||Tobashira (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Inoh (P)||9||Ishikawa (P)|
|RP||Petrick, Nogawa||RP||Leuke, Perez, Ondrusek|
The Swallows opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Kawabata’s one out base knock was followed by a Yamada HBP. One out later, Yuhei chipped a 1-2 forkball into right which was enough to bring Kawabata home safely from second.
Yuhei helped restart the momentum in the bottom of the third when he doubled past a diving Tsutsugoh in left with one out. One out later, Yachi collected his second hit of the game with a stand up double into the gap in right-center. Yuhei scored easily from second.
In the bottom of the fifth, Yamada led off with a single, and then Balentien murdered a baseball. It was an Inoh fastball right down the middle, and Balentien sent it into the back wall of the left field stands.
Yachi got on base shortly thereafter (another double into the gap), but he didn’t make it any further than second base.
Ishikawa lasted six and a third before getting the hook. He was on a very short leash given his inconsistency of late. Tsutsugoh’s double high off the wall in right-center was enough to launch Manaka out of the dugout. Leuke took his place on the mound.
That said, Ishikawa had an extremely solid afternoon in the Ehime sun. He allowed just four hits and struck out three (no walks) while keeping Yokohama completely off the board.
Lueke got two quick outs to strand Tsutsugoh at second and preserve Ishikawa’s shot at a second win.
Perez made quick work of the eighth, retiring the side on 10 pitches. He had Ueda behind him in center, and Sakaguchi slid over to take Balentien’s place in left. Takeuchi was in for Morioka at first.
The top of the ninth was a little trickier. Perez allowed two runners after getting the first out, and Ueda had to make a diving catch to keep the runners on first and second after a hard hit ball by Tsutsugoh.
Ondrusek then took the mound to face Lopez with two outs, and he ended the game by inducing a ground ball to third on his third pitch. As it was a save situation, he recorded his third save of the season.
Ishikawa and Yachi (3-3, two doubles, BB, 1 RBI) were the post game heroes. Yachi was solid on defense at short, and Yachi’s timing at the plate was perfect.
The second game of this abbreviated home-away-from-home series is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (first pitch at 1 PM).