6/14/08: Nippon Ham (Away)

June 14th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1    Yakult Cap

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 2

Streak: Lost 1

(Away Game: Sapporo Dome)

A bases loaded passed ball in the 10th inning won a tight game for the fighters at Sapporo Dome on Saturday night.

Yakult starter Ryo Kawashima looked more like his old self going 6 innings of one run pitching off 4 hits for a no-decision.  Fighters starter Brian Sweeny was a little bit better on the night giving up the same amout of runs off one less hit in his 8 innings.

The Swallows took a lead in the 6th inning when Yuichi brought home Miyamoto for 1-0 Yakult.  The Fighters drew level in the 7th with an RBI from Yakult old-boy Atsunori Inaba.

And at 1-1 the game stayed until the bottom of the 10th inning Yakult closer Lim took the mound.  What followed were 3 hits, then a strike out, followed by a force out at home plate and finally the passed ball that was enough to win it for the Sapporo team in a nail-biting finish.

Lim’s loss was his third of the season.  The teams will return Sunday evening for their final match up of the 2008 Inter-League games.

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