8/12/08 – Yokohama (Away)

August 12th, 2008

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Yakult improved their season series tally against the lowly Baystars to 8 wins and 7 losses as a run scored on a 10th inning wild pitch from Yokohama reliever Terahara was enough to win the game for Tokyo.

The Swallows starter was Ryo Kawashima and he continued his good recent form with 7 innings of one run baseball, giving up five hits and striking out four with no walks for a no-decision.

Yakult got on top of Yokohama starter Mike Wood early as they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st. A lead off homer from Fukuchi, his 5th of the year, opened the scoring. Shortstop Keizo Kawashima then walked, Ihara then singled to put two men on. Hatakeyama grounded out before Yuichi singled to bring home the second run of the game.

The Baystars struck back in the 3rd, with pitcher Wood bringing home Ishii to narrow the lead to 2-1. And at 2-1 the lead would stay until the bottom of the 8th inning. Oshimoto relieved Kawashima, with a chance to help him on his way to his 7th win of the year. But, as has become a trend of late, he couldn’t get the job done. The first batter he faced, Yokohama catcher Aikawa, blasting a solo shot into the rightfield stands for 2-2 and that was that for Kawashima’s win. Oshimoto managed to get out of the inning without another run scoring, but the blown lead was his 3rd in 4 games and his ERA edged up to 3.060.

Igarashi would continue his improving form with a perfect 9th with one strikeout, and so it was on to the 10th. Yakult managed to work Guiel and Ihara onto second and third bases, the men being put on base originally by a dead ball and a walk respectively. The Terahara wild pitch would then allow Ihara to score from third and Tokyo had a 3-2 lead without getting a hit to take them into the bottom of the 10th.

Lim took the mound and gave up one hit but managed to hold on for his 27th save of the year and that was the game.

Ryo Kawashima’s no-decision left his record for the year at 6 wins and 4 losses with an ERA of 3.549.

Ryota Igarashi took the win in relief, his 2nd for the year, and his ERA is now down to 2.919.

Hiroshima’s loss to Chunichi tonight means that Yakult are now level 4th with the Carp, 4 games back of the Dragons.

The two teams reconvene at Yokohama stadium tomorrow night for the second of the three game series.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto