6/10/09 – Fukuoka SoftBank (Away)

June 10th, 2009

softbank-hawks-logoTokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4

Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: WWLWL

(Yahoo Dome)

Yoshinori made his first start in two weeks, and it looked for a while he might mark his comeback with a win, but the Hawks prevailed in the end as the SoftBank Interleague machine rolled on.

Yoshinori made his last start on May 27th against Orix, but was removed from the top-team roster soon after due to blister problems on his hands. The blisters have been a persistant problem all season and have limited his starts for the top-team. This in turn has led to Kida getting more starts and is therefore a BAD THING.

Wednesday’s lineup:

  1. Kawashima Keizo (SS)
  2. Fukuchi (LF)
  3. Aoki (CF)
  4. Guiel (RF)
  5. Yuichi (DH)
  6. Miyamoto (3B)
  7. Takeuchi (1B)
  8. Kawabata (2B)
  9. Aikawa (C)

Tokyo were facing off against Hawks’ starter Fujioka, and they took the lead in the top of the 3rd. Aoki hit a two-out single before Guiel hit his 8th homer of the year to centre and it was 2-0 Tokyo. They got two more singles that inning but couldn’t bring home any more runs. They would live to regret that as they wouldn’t get another hit until late in the game.

Fukuoka struck back in the bottom of the same inning, Ortiz also hitting his 8th longball of the year to make it 2-1. The homer was only Softbank’s second hit of the game.

Yoshinori then kept the Hawks’ bats at bay until the end of the 5th inning, but surrendered the lead in the 6th. Two walks put men on first and second with two outs for Hawks secondbaseman Honda, and he hit a double that scored both runners to make it 3-2 Fukuoka.

That was all for Yoshinori as Matsuoka came in to get the last out of the inning.

The Hawks added another in the bottom of the 8th with a Hasegawa homer off Hagiwara, and it was 4-2 Fukuoka.

The Swallows’ bats were kept hitless by Fujioka and two relievers from the 4th to the 8th innings. They managed two one-out singles off Fukuoka closer Mahara in the 9th, but strikeouts from two pinch-hitters D’Antona and Hatakeyama ended the threat and the game. 4-2 Final.

Yoshinori was tagged with the loss after he gave up three runs in 5 and 2/3 innings of work with three strikeouts, but his control remains an issue as he walked four and hit two men. Two of those walks came home to be the decisive tying and go-ahead runs. His record now stands at 2 and 4 with an ERA of 4.981. The good news for Yoshinori and Tokyo is that the blister problem appeared not to have come back during his start. Hopefully that will continue so he can make his weekly start for the top team. 

Again Tokyo outhit their opponents, this time 8-7.

The two teams return Thursday evening for their final game of the season, with the Hawks leading the season-series 3-0. 

 

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