7/19/08 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 19th, 2008

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8

Streak: Won 3. Last 5: WLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Same scoreline as last night. Slightly different route in getting there, but it’s safe to say that Tokyo did a little bit more to earn this win.

Tokyo starter, Masubuchi, came into this game hoping to cement his grasp on a slot in the starting rotation. Hiroshima starter, Miyazaki, was simply hoping for his first win of the year.

Everything stayed close through five and a half innings. Tokyo scored a pair of runs in the second (rbi’s care of Wilson and Fukukawa), and Hiroshima got one back in the fourth by way of a Shima solo home run.

The bottom of the sixth, however, is where everything went a bit wacky. In the end, six runs scored that inning. Aoki led things off with a single to left, and then Tanaka walked, Iihara had an rbi single to left, Wilson followed with a two rbi single to center, Fukukawa flied out to right, Yuichi (pinch hitting for Masubuchi) drew another walk, Fukuchi plated three runs with a triple to the gap in left center, and Miyamoto brought another one around with a single to center field. 8-1 Swallows.

Hiroshima got two back on a two-run dinger by Kurihara in the top of the ninth off of Tokyo reliever Kamada, but the game still ended in about two hours and fifty minutes despite the blood bath in the sixth.

Tokyo’s Masubuchi (3-3, 4.29) pitched well and picked up the win on six innings of work. He gave up one run off of four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Hiroshima’s Miyazaki (0-5, 6.49) was saddled with the loss in five and two-thirds innings of work. He gave up six runs (six of them earned) off of eight hits with three K’s and three walks.

Matsuoka (4-1, 1.10) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Yoshikawa (2.08) did the same in the eigth. Kamada (0-2, 7.50) gave up two runs in the ninth, but Tokyo still won comfortably.

Iihara had another solid game today and was the hero of the game for the second day in a row. He started in left and went 3-4 with one rbi and a great diving catch.

Game three of the series is tomorrow night at Jingu at 6pm. Get there early because it’s going to be packed!

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini