8/12/09 — Yokohama (Home)

August 12th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yokohama BayStars 4

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLLWL

(Jingu Stadium)

Much like last week’s series, the birds opened this one with a win last night. Would they be able to make it two in a row?

Just to make things interesting, Ichiba was in for his second start since reappearing in the first team clubhouse last week.

Ichiba tries to secure a spot on the rotation.

The lineup featured the usual suspects. Aoki seems to be back in center field for good while also staying in the number three spot quite regularly.

Tokyo’s lineup:

1. Fukuchi (LF)
2. Tanaka (2B)
3. Aoki (CF)
4. D’Antona (1B)
5. Guiel (RF)
6. Miyamoto (3B)
7. Aikawa (C)
8. Kawashima (SS)
9. Ichiba (P)

Ichiba started well, actually, and he got through the first three innings without giving up a hit (although he walked two.)

The only thing of consequence to occur early on was D’Antona getting injured. He left the game after lunging to reach a throw to first and appeared to pull a muscle in his leg. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

The Baystars finally got to Ichiba in the fourth care of some good base-running and hitting. 2-0 Yokohama.

Kawashima came up with an RBI groundout in the fifth to get the score to 2-1, but the BayStars added another run in the top of the sixth when Ishikawa notched his second rbi of the evening. 3-1 BayStars. Hagiwara got the earned run on that one.

The birds pulled level in the seventh when Guiel’s leadoff single was followed Miyamoto hits a key home run.by a Miyamoto home run (his fifth of the season.) 3-3.

The rally was cut short after Aikawa drew a walk (which only happens once in a very long while these days), and Kawashima bunted to move him over. As we’ve seen a lot lately, no runs scored after that.

Both teams got out of jail free a couple of time between the eighth and the 11th, but no more runs scored. Many, many more pitchers came to the mound for both teams.

Here’s who pitched for the Swallows:

Inning(s) – Pitcher – (ERA) – earned runs

1-5           Ichiba (7.01) 2
6               Hagiwara (4.41) 1
7               Lee (3.13)
8               Igarashi (2.70)
9               Lim (0.40)
10            Matsuoka (2.86)
11             Oshimoto (3.09)
12             Kamada (1.80) 1

Welcome back, Yuya.Kamada, fresh off of his call-up to the first team yesterday, had the pleasure of facing Uchikawa in that fateful 12th. With two outs, Uchikawa launched one over the wall in left to put the BayStars up 4-3.

And unlike yesterday, the birds weren’t able to make a comeback. With one out and first and second occupied by Tanaka and Fukuchi, Aoki wasn’t able to replicate last night’s heroics and hit into a game-ending double play.

Tokyo’s offensive player of the game was definitely Miyamoto who went 3-5 with two RBIs and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Tanaka, Aoki, Noguchi, and Guiel had two hits each as well.

But Tokyo hit into three double plays tonight, and that never helps. All three of them were inning-enders for the birds, so that definitely hurt.

Kamada took the loss in his first appearance back on the first team.

Game three of this series is tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

See you tomorrow night for Muranaka’s (?) next attempt to stay in a game longer than five innings.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • zunlin

    Just a note : was Uchikawa asked to bunt today?
    If this is true,after the sh of Aoki yesterday, that’s so sad for the npb…

  • oliver

    How have I only just found this site!! Great stuff guys – my fandom of the Swallows (acquired from a Japanese friend) has so far been limited to checking the box scores in the IHT and occasionally watching the live scores on the official website – looking forward to checking out the archives! I’ll be at Jingu on 20/9 for one of the Yomuiri games, be glad to buy you a beer.

    • Oliver,
      Welcome to Tsubamegun! Thanks for stopping by.

      Hope the team’s performance as of late doesn’t put you off!

  • Rob

    Yikes – and now D’Antona’s out.
    Ichiba starts the game with eight straight outs, but then with two outs in the third it’s time to fly off the rails. He walks the pitcher and then the lead-off man, both on full counts (I think).
    The next batter hits a low drive to third. Miyamoto does a great job just to stop it, then he picks it up and hurriedly throws to third. It’s not a good throw, and Jamie stretches to his right to scoop it up, and I guess that’s where the injury came from.
    But I really don’t understand what Miyamoto was thinking on that. The play was near third. The force at third was an option, The runner coming from second was the pitcher, so not a speedster (not as fast as the batter).
    And now Jamie’s out.
    So it’s TYS gut check time. (No metabo jokes, pls).