June 14th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1
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.