6/23/10 – Yomiuri (Home)

June 23rd, 2010

Yomiuri Giants 3

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo fell behind early but battled back to take a slender lead, with the bullpen putting in a lights-out shift to bring home the much needed victory.

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

With Tateyama on the mound, for the second night in a row the Swallows fell behind early from run scoring off a wild pitch, with Yomiuri adding another to take a 2-0 1st inning lead.

That lead was halved in the 2nd, as a Takeuchi solo homer (no.4 for the year) off fugly Giants starter Nishimura made it 2-1.

But the two run lead was restored in the top of the 4th as piggy-boy Abe hit a solo shot of his own which made it 3-1.

And it was in the bottom of the 4th that the tide would turn in Tokyo’s favour. A walk for D’Antona and a dead ball for Takeuchi, with the runners then advancing on a wild pitch that Abe couldn’t control, left men on second and third for Aikawa. He hit a chopper that bounced high over the infield to left, scoring D’Antona from third to make it 3-2. A single to right for Miyamoto tied things up at 3-3 before outs for Fujimoto, Tateyama and a HBP for Aoki loaded the bases with two outs for Fukuchi.

He hit a feeble grounder to short, but a combination of his lightning speed and first baseman Takahashi not coming up with the throw from Sakamoto meant that Tokyo had themselves the go ahead run for a score of 4-3 Tokyo.

Tateyama worked relatively trouble free 5th and 6th innings before Ogawa turned it over to the bullpen. And what a job they did.

Masubuchi (2.57) worked a perfect 7th off 12 pitches, Matsuoka (0.96) took just 9 for his perfect 8th, before Lim (0.86) sat down Ramirez, Abe and Tani in order off 13 pitches to secure the win and earn his 12th save of the year.

Tokyo could have scored more in the 7th and 8th as they put runners on base with no outs, however both times a Tak-bunt was called, both times (Takeuchi and Onizaki) they lead to the most advanced runner being thrown out and both times no a solitary soul made it home. Great.

Tateyama took the win after giving up the 3 runs off 6 hits (8 strikeouts, 1 walk) and his record is now at 4-5/4.05.

The Swallows outhit their beloved neighbours 10-6 with Tanaka (.309) and Aikawa (.302) both registering 2 hits for the evening.

The two teams meet again tomorrow evening with Tokyo looking to take a series against the evil ones for the first time since the season’s opening series.

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

  • Kozo

    It seems like Tateyama got injured in the bottom of the sixth inning. He came up to bat and managed to hit a stand up double. Unfortunately Aoki lined out to the second baseman, and Tateyama wasn't able to get back to second causing a double play. Tateyama looked awkward trying to get back to second. While he briefly took the mound at the top of the 7th, but he was quickly replaced by Masubuchi before he was able to throw an official pitch.

  • At least I managed to get that Sunset Umbrellas photo I was trying for when I so humbly asked Takeuchi or D'Antona to hit a home run in the 4th 🙂