October 8th, 2008
Yokohama BayStars 1
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4
Streak: Won 3 Last 5: DLWWW
This rather meaningless game took two hours and eleven minutes from first pitch to last out. That’s gotta be some kind of record.
Or at least for me it is.
Rookie Yoshinori (4.55) started this one for Tokyo and he had another solid outing. He was perfect through five and 2/3’s until he gave up a soft single to Yokohama’s pitcher, Miura. In the end he gave up only two hits and one run through eight innings (89 pitches, 5 K’s, no walks). Yoshinori is now 2-1.
Miura (3.56) took the loss for Yokohama. His record now sits at 7-10.
On offense, Noguchi, one of the many forgotten talented players buried in the morrass that is Tokyo’s ni-gun team, had his second home run (solo shot) in as many games. He went 1-4 and also drew two walks. He’s a keeper.
Fukuchi and Kawamoto had two hits and one rbi each.
Lim (3.06) came on in the ninth to secure his 32nd save of the year on only five pitches (one strikeout).
Many of the fans at Jingu were keenly tuned into the battle going on at Tokyo Dome while watching tonight’s game. Much to the crowd’s dismay, Yomiuri pulled out another win and got one step closer to winning the penant.
It is now up to Tokyo to make sure that the orange masses go home disappointed this weekend when they descend on Jingu stadium for games this Friday and Saturday.
Tokyo has had yet another lousy season against their cross-town rivals with a record of 6-16 versus the most expensive roster in NPB history.
Tokyo’s last game is at home against Yokohama on Sunday.
Spoiler alert: Ramirez will hit at least two home runs against Tokyo this weekend.