April 9th, 2016
Yokohama BayStars 10
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWW
|W: Yamaguchi (1-0); L: Ishikawa (1-2)|
|1||Sakaguchi (CF)||1||Kuwahara (CF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Ishikawa (2B)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Ide (RF)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Tsutsugo (LF)|
|5||Balentien (LF)||5||Lopez (1B)|
|6||Yuhei (RF)||6||Shirasaki (3B)|
|7||Yachi (SS)||7||Kuramoto (SS)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Takajo (C)|
|9||Ishikawa (LHP)||9||Yamaguchi (RHP)|
|RP||Sugiura, Matsuoka, Kyuko||RP||Fujioka, Tanaka, Mikami, Yamasaki|
Sakaguchi, Kawabata, and Balentien had decent days at the plate, but otherwise the story of the afternoon was the return of the Ishikawa from two weeks ago as the birds lost a stinker in Yokohama.
Balentien’s second homer of the season arrived in the top of the fourth. Coco ripped the cover off a hanging 1-0 Yamaguchi slider to put the team ahead for the first and last time today.
But in the bottom of that inning, the wheels fell off. Ide, Lopez, and Yamaguchi (yes, the pitcher) all homered to nearly put the game away in one fell swoop. All told, Ishikawa surrendered six hits from 25 pitches that frame. Needless to say, it was his last.
With Sugiura on the mound for the fifth, Yokohama added some cushion to their lead. Lopez connected for his second home run in as many at-bats to bring home three.
The visitors salvaged a little bit of pride by posting a big inning of their own in the seventh. Morioka doubled with one out and scored on a Sakaguchi single. Kawabata then singled, and Sakaguchi scored on Yamada’s double. Kawabata came home on Hatakeyama’s single, and Yamada represented Tokyo’s final run on Balentien’s sac fly. And that was enough to chase Yamaguchi.
But with Matsuoka pitching the bottom of the seventh, Lopez hit his third home run of the game, officially ending all hope for the Swallows in the process.
Lopez finished the game 3-4 with three homers and six RBI. His round-tripper in the fourth was his first of the season, and his batting average still sits at .193 despite the dominating performance.
Ishikawa added two strikeouts and a walk to his seven hit (three HR), five RBI, four inning afternoon. His ERA rose to 6.60 with the loss, his second of 2016.
Sakaguchi (3-5; 3 singles; 1 RBI), Kawabata (3 singles; BB), and Balentien (1 double; 1 HR (2); 2 RBI) were the standouts for the Swallows.
The series decider is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM. Hara is scheduled to take the mound for Tokyo while Yokohama plan to counter with Ishida.