6/22/10 – Yomiuri (Home)

June 22nd, 2010

Yomiuri Giants 5

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Yomiuri brought their brand of thoroughly unlikeable baseball and mentally challenged fans to Jingu for the first time this season. And as they more often than not tend to do, they left with a win. Wonderful.

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Fukuchi (LF)
  3. Takana (2B)
  4. Guiel (RF)
  5. Hatakeyama (1B)
  6. Aikawa (C)
  7. Miyamoto (3B)
  8. Onizaki (SS)
  9. Muranaka (P)

Muranaka actually pitched pretty well in this one, but although he gave up just 2 hits in his first 5 innings, he ended up falling behind 2-0. In the 2nd he gave up a single and a walk, later allowing the game’s first run to score on a wild pitch for 1-0 Yomiuri. And in the 4th a solo homer from Alex Ramirez made things 2-0. That was no.20 for the year for the ex-Swallow and marked the 10th consecutive season he has hit 20. Well. Done.

Yomiuri starter Tohno kept the Swallows off the board until the 5th inning. A two-out Aoki double was followed up by a single from Fukuchi to make it 2-1. A Tanaka deadball and a walk for Guiel loaded the bases for Hatakeyama, but his fierce line drive to left was snagged for the last out of the inning. That bullet dodged, Tohno was then free to go and nervously twitch on the bench with relief like the little bitch he is.

That solitary run in the 5th would be it for Tokyo, and although they did have further chances to score, a steady stream of Giants relievers (5 in all) managed to keep any runners from reaching home.

Yomiuri added another run in the 7th off Oshimoto (though the run was charged to Muranaka who had started the inning, giving up a single and a walk). The 7th was also notable as it saw the Swallows debut for recent aquisition Watanabe who came into the game with one out and men on first and second, and he did manage to get the two outs needed without another run scoring, despite giving up a walk between his two outs.

And in the 9th De La Cruz brought his brand of speed and minimal control to the field as he gave up two hits, the second of which was a two run homer to Chono to left which brought the evening’s scoring to a close, 5-1 Yomiuri Final.

Muranaka was tagged with the loss after his 6 and 1/3 innings of 3 hit, 3 run (4K, 2BB, 2HPB) baseball and his record is now at 4-6/3.62.

The Swallows outhit the Giants 9-6, and in fact kept the opposition hitless in 5 innings, with the Giants scoring in every inning in which they managed a hit, which is one of the reasons why they are sitting pretty on top of the CL. The other reasons are all related to the fact that they are pure evil.

The top of the Swallows order was the only functional part of the lineup tonight, with Aoki (.316), Fukuchi (.259) and Tanaka (.306) each managing 2 hits.

The evil returns to Jingu tomorrow evening. Don’t forget to bring your crucifix.

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

  • Mac

    Pure unadulterated scum.