August 29th, 2008
Yokohama BayStars 4
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWLL
In what is becoming a little predictable, Yakult’s poor form against Yokohama continued as the BayStars prevailed on yet another rainy evening.
Tokyo’s starter was Ryo Kawashima, and he did well enough, giving up two runs off seven hits in his 5 innings of toil, striking out three but walking four. But yet again a Swallows starter would find the run support lacking as Ryo ended up with a no-decision.
Yakult got on the board in the 1st, an Aoki grounder off Baystars starter Wood enough to bring home Fukuchi for 1-0.
Yokohama would tie it up in the bottom of the same inning though. Baystars leadoff man Ishikawa hit a flyball to rightfield, but Fukuchi lost the flight of the ball in the lights, and it landed a meter or so behind him, allowing Ishikawa to hustle a triple to open the inning. Uchikawa would later bring him home to tie it up at 1-1.
But the Swallows edged ahead in the top of the next inning, Fukukawa bringing home Kawabata for a 2-1 2nd inning lead.
It would take until the 3rd for the Baystars to draw level, Saeki with the RBI single for the ‘Stars.
Yakult almost pulled ahead in the 5th, as an Aoki double, followed by an Hatakeyama single almost brought Aoki home, but he was comfortably thrown out at the plate.
And at 2-2 it would remain until the bottom of the 6th. Oshimoto took the mound for Tokyo, and the leadoff man Aikawa reached first on a bad throw from shortstop Kawabata. Two outs later the runner, now at third, was brought home by Nishi to put Yokohama in front for the first time at 2-3.
Matsuoka came in to pitch the 7th, and gave up two hits and a run, as Aikawa brought home Yoshimura to make it 2-4.
And at 2-4 it would end as the Baystars evened the season series against Tokyo at 9 games each.
Veteran reliever Kida pitched a hitless 8th for Yakult.
The rather unfortunate Oshimoto was tagged with the loss, his 4th of the year, for his 1 unearned run in the 6th, despite giving up just the one hit.
The bottom two teams in the CL return to Yokohama stadium tomorrow night for the second game of the series.