6/11/08: Rakuten (Away)

June 11th, 2008

Rakuten Eagles characterTokyo Yakult Swallows 5    Yakult Cap

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3

Streak: Won 1

(Away Game: Kleenex Stadium)

Outfielder Fukuchi was the man of the evening, batting in 3 runs as the Swallows defeated the high-flying Eagles in a see-saw game in Sendai.

Ishikawa pitched another solid outing, giving up 2 runs off 6 hits in seven innings for a no-decison.

The Eagles took a two run lead in the third but the Swallows hit back in the sixth off Rakuten starter Nagai to tie the game with the first of Fukuchi’s RBIs, followed by a solo homer from Shinya Miyamoto.   Yakult then took the lead in the 7th as Tanaka hit a single to centre to bring home Yuichi.

With reliever Oshimoto taking the mound in the bottom of the 8th, Yakult looked to be cruising to their first win in 4 games, but two big errors from third baseman Keizo Kawashima allowed the Eagles to draw level at 3-3.

With the game tied after 9 innings, the game went into the 10th, with Fukuchi hitting a 2 run triple off Eagles reliever Koyama to put the birds up 5-3.   Lim then pitched a perfect 10th inning for his 15th save of the year, and that was that.

Matsuoka took the win for Yakult in relief for his 2nd win of the season.

The two teams return to the Kleenex for their final matchup of the year tomorrow night.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto