June 15th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW
(Away Game: Sapporo Dome)
Swallows veteran shortstop Shinya Miyamoto got his 1500th career hit and starter Kyouhei Muranaka got his first win since May 9th as Yakult downed Nippon Ham in Sapporo.
Muranaka pitched a shutout seven innings with 9 strikeouts giving up 4 hits in a return to the kind of form he showed earlier this year. Fighters starter Glynn never looked convincing giving up 10 hits in his 6 innings of work.
Miyamoto brought home ex-Fighter Keizo Kawashima from third to take the lead in the 3rd inning, with Kawashima just beating the ex-Swallow Miki’s throw to homeplate to score the go-ahead run.
Yakult would stretch their lead in the 5th. Miyamoto got his second hit of the night, and 1500th career hit to open up the inning. He was then brought home from first by a double over the centre fielder’s head by Aoki to make it 2-0. Aoki would then be brought home two batters later with a double from Yuichi. 3-0 Yakult.
Muranaka was relieved by another ex-Fighter Oshimoto who pitched a scoreless 8th. Closer Lim then took the mound in the 9th and struck out both Inaba and Sledge before giving up a solo homer to pinch-hitter Oda, followed by a hit from Miki before the game was wrapped up with Fukuchi making a good catch in deep left field foul territory off Kudoh to secure the win for Yakult and Muranaka, along with Lim’s 16th save.
The Swallows next game is Wednesday in Nagano for a “home” game against the Softbank Hawks, followed by a long overdue return to Jingu on Thursday evening.