July 21st, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5
Streak:Lost 1. Last 5:WWWWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Young Tokyo starter Ryo Kawashima got off to a rough start as Yokohama began with a bang, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
The Swallows got their first run on the bottom of the 3rd, when Fukuchi continued his productive streak, and made the Tsubamgeun more and more glad we got him from Seibu, by brining Kawamoto home with an RBI. 4-1 Yokohama.
In the 4th, Tokyo struck again with a home run to right by Aoki off Yokohama starter Miura, but, alas, ended the inning with runners left stranded – a frustratingly common occurence given the team’s otherwise strong baserunning this season. 4-2 Yokohama.
In the top of the 5th, Yokohama launched another scoring spree with an Uchiyama bringing Kinjoh in with an RBI, then scoring himself on a wild pitch. Murata and Saeki were brought in by a three-run Yoshimura home run to bring the inning’s total to four again and to end the game for Kawashima, who took his third loss of the season, bringing his record to 9-3. 8-2 Yokohama.
Tokyo does not give up easily, though. The bottom of the 5th brought the birds three runs. Fukuchi hit his second RBI of the game, bringing Kawamoto in. A long Miyamoto fly ball prompted the BayStars to pull Miura and bring in Yamakita in relief.
Yamakita promptly gave up a two-run RBI to Aoki and was pulled in favor of Yokoyama. While able to get leads this season, the ailing BayStars have had trouble holding on to them and don’t have the luxury of letting pitchers dig their own way out.
After a Hatakeyama pop fly out put Miyamoto, Tanaka was put out on a line drive and Iihara’s gamble of bunting a 146 km/h fastball failed to end Tokyo’s inning. 8-5 Yokohama.
Hagiwara came in to relieve Kawashima after the shelling in the top of the fifth inning and gave up one run. 9-5 Yokohama.
Yokohama swapped out their middle infield and brought in Koyamada to pitch in the 6th, pulling him in favor of Yoshimi after giving up one hit, to Kawamoto.
Kamada relieve Hagiwara in the top of the 7th and served Yoshimura his second home run of the night – a solo trip this time, and the last run scored in the game. 10-5 Yokohama.
Kamada finished the game for the Swallows as Yokohama, ever fearful of a Tokyo rally, brought in one last pitcher, Kuwahara, who was credited with the win.
The Swallows take on Yokohama at home again tomorrow night.