July 13th, 2008
Chunichi Dragons 4
Streak: Won 1. Last 5:LLWDW
Yakult left the Nagoya Dome unbeaten this weekend, as they roughed up the Dragons with 16 hits and 10 runs on Sunday afternoon, eight of those runs coming in the 2nd inning.
It looked like it was going to be one of those days in the bottom of the 1st inning, with Chunichi seeming to hit Yakult starter Masubuchi for fun. A triple from Morino, a double from Woods, a single from Nakamura and a sacrifice fly from Hirata helping to give the Dragons a 0-3 lead.
But that scoreline would be altered in the top of the 2nd in a remarkable inning for Tokyo. Tanaka doubled to start the inning, Ihara then singled to bring him home for 1-3. Wilson then singled before Fukukawa worked a walk to load the bases. Masubuchi then struck out before Fukuchi cleared the bases with a double to put Yakult 4-3 up. Miyamoto then walked before Aoki singled to bring home Fukuchi for 5-3. Chunichi starter Yoshimi was then replaced with Mitsuru Satoh, but things didn’t get much better for the Nagoya team. Hatakeyama stuck out for the second out of the inning, then Tanaka got his second hit of the inning to bring home Miyamoto and Aoki. 7-3 Swallows. But the scoring wasn’t quite over yet, Ihara then got his second hit of the inning to bring home Tanaka to cap the scoring for the inning at eight runs and a 8-3 lead. The inning yielded 7 hits, and 12 Tokyo batters went to the plate.
In the bottom of the second, Masubuchi took the mound again, walked three and gave up an RBI double to Morino, but managed to escape the inning without any further scoring. 8-4 Tokyo.
The first two innings took a mammoth 1 hour and 24 minutes to complete.
Yakult’s bullpen then took over, shutting out the Dragons for the rest of the game. Hagiwara gave up 4 hits in his 2 and 2/3 innings (and would take the win, his first of the year), Yoshikawa then gave up a solitary hit in his 1 and 1/3 innings. Igarashi then struck out the three batters he faced in the 7th, and then Matsuoka and Maruyama pitched hitless 8th and 9th innings respectively.
The remaining two Tokyo runs came in the 7th inning, a single from pinch hitter Kawashima bringing Ihara and Wilson home to make it 10-4 Swallows.
And that was the game. Five Yakult batters had multi-hit games, including Tanaka and Wilson with 3 hits apiece. All of the starting nine hit apart from Masubuchi.
After a day’s rest on Monday, the Swallows then head to Kurashiki in Okayama Tuesday for an away game against the CL runaway leaders the Hanshin Tigers, before heading to Koshien for the last two games of the series on Wednesday and Thursday.