Yomiuri Giants 3
Streak: Lost 2. Last 5: WLWLL
This game started alright.
Fukuchi doubled to left. Miyamoto grounded out. Aoki drew a walk, and then Hatakeyama brought Fukuchi around by way of a troublesome liner to short that resulted in an error. 1-0 Tokyo.
Another run scored in the fourth on an Iihara solo shot to right. 2-0 Tokyo.
Tokyo starter, Tateyama, pitched marvelously. He didn’t give up a hit until the fourth when former teammate, Alex Ramirez, doubled to left. Tateyama got out of that inning without letting another runner reach base.
Yomiuri catcher, Abe, managed to get Yomiuri’s first run in the eighth when he drilled a solo home run to center. 2-1 Tokyo.
Tateyama again allowed his teammates to sit down without another runner reaching base. The eighth was his last inning though. Tateyama (6-2, 3.20) threw eight innings of two hit, one run ball. He had 11 K’s and only one walk!
Lim came in for the 9th, but he got roughed up in a hurry.
Ogasawara doubled to right. Ramirez singled to right. Takahashi was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. (Yeah, I don’t know why they did that, either). Lee flied out to second. One out, bases loaded.
Abe took one for the team to bring in the tying run. Ouch, but yay for Yomiuri. 2-2.
Tani brought the winning run around on a single to center field. 3-2 Yomiuri.
Lim (1-4-24, 2.23) took the loss, his fourth for Tokyo.
Takahashi (4-3, 4.84) took the no-decision for Yomiuri. Ochi got his first win of the season for Yomiuri in his 40th appearance. His record is now 1-2, and his ERA is 2.74.
The next game of the three game series at Tokyo Dome is tomorrow night, July 26th, at 6 p.m.