July 9th, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
After multiple injuries caused a 1,771 day vacation, Mr. Sato found his way back to Jingu Stadium. That’s right Yoshinori started his first top flight game since September 3rd, 2011, and while he made it through five full frames, he did not survive the sixth.
|W: Wakamatsu (7-6; 4.06 ERA);
L: Yoshinori (0-1; 9.00 ERA)
Yoshinori put in strong performance and got the W back in 2011 on a rainy night at Jingu. Those were the days when Aoki was still playing center and Miyamoto was at third. Besides Yoshinori, there was one other starter from tonight’s game that was also in the lineup on September 3rd, 2011. Shingo Kawabata was playing short that night.
|1||Yohei Oshima (CF)||1||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)|
|2||Naomichi Donoue (SS)||2||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|3||Ryosuke Hirata (RF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Dayan Viciedo (1B)||4||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|5||Ricardo Nanita (LF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Nobumasa Fukuda (3B)||6||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|7||Anderson Hernandez (2B)||7||Akihisa Nishida (1B)|
|8||Iori Katsura(C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Shunta Wakamatsu P)||9||Yoshinori (Sato) (P)|
Tonight, however, he couldn’t handle the top half of the Chunichi lineup.
A Hirata sac fly in the top of the first scored the game’s first run.
Nishiura quickly erased the deficit though with a solo home run to left.
Yoshinori allowed a pair of base runners in the second but got out of the jam. In the third, however, Oshima collected another base hit and reached third on Yoshinori’s throwing error one batter later. Chunichi’s center fielder scored once again from third on a Hirata out, this time a grounder to second.
Nishiura scored again in the bottom of the third. He drew a walk and stole second. Yamada then got a free pass, and singled the 1-2 pitch to right which was enough daylight for Nishiura to score from second.
But that was the last time your birds were in this game.
Yoshinori’s best inning was the fourth when he allowed only one base runner and expended only 11 pitches. He allowed three in the fifth though and leaked another run in the process.
The wheels feel off the Yoshinori bandwagon in the sixth. His fourthpitch of the inning ended up in left field, and the next one landed in right. Hernandez flashed bunt a few times but eventually singled to right on the 2-2 pitch.
With the bases juiced and no outs, Yoshinori responded by walking Morino. The seven pitch encounter featured seven straight heaters and a moving bat but once (foul). Nanita strolled home from third.
Yoshinori finally got the hook after 94 pitches and 10 hits through 5 and 0/3 innings. He allowed six runs (five earned), struck out four, walked one, plunked one, and reportedly suffered zero blisters.
Kyuko took his place on the mound with no outs in the sixth and the bases still juiced.
Two pitches later, two more (inherited) runners came around to score on Fujii’s base knock to center.
Perez pitched a scoreless seventh, but Oshima tripled to start the eighth and scored for the third time Hirata once again brought him home, this time with a single to center. Hirata scored from second on Viciedo’s double to left.
Kawabata, Yamada, Yuhei, and Nakamura all had two base hits each. Unfortunately, they had just one RBI between them.
Sugiura takes the mound tomorrow from 5 PM. His opposite number will be Yoshimi.