8/25/10 – Yokohama (Home)

August 25th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7

Yokohama BayStars 6

Streak: Won 3    Last 5: WLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Despite a late wobble, the Swallows continued their journey into positive territory with another win over the Baystars. Tokyo are now just the third team in history to recover from being 19 games or more under .500 to get their heads back above water.

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Ihara (RF)
  4. Whitesell (1B)
  5. Hatakeyama (LF)
  6. Aikawa (C)
  7. Miyamoto (3B)
  8. Kawabata (SS)
  9. Ishikawa (P)

After a Castillio two run homer made it 2-0 Yokohama in the 2nd, the Swallows wasted no time getting back into it in the bottom of the same inning.

Against Yokohama starter Takasaki, a one-out Miyamoto single and a Kawabata double put two men in scoring positions. After Ishikawa grounded out for out number two, Aoki then bounced one up the middle to bring home both runners to tie things up at 2-2.

And they pulled ahead in the 4th. With one out on the board, Whitesell hit to centre and advanced to second on a fluffed catch attempt error by Shimozono. Hatakeyama walked before Aikawa singled to bring home the go-ahead run to make it 3-2 Tokyo. Miyamoto then singled to load the bases for Kawabata who struck out looking for out number two. Up stepped Ishikawa, who continued his good form with the bat by poking one through the inflield to right which scored two for 5-2. A single for Aoki added another run before Tanaka grounded out to third to end the inning with the score at 6-2.

Another Tokyo run came along in the 6th, via an Aoki single, Tanaka sacbunt a Ihara walk and a Whitesell timely single which made it 7-2, after which the wobble commenced.

In the 7th, Ishikawa gave up two runs off three hits as the lead shrank to 7-4, Oshimoto  (3.29) was then summoned to get the final out.

The seemingly exhausted and obviously out of sorts Matsuoka (2.01) came in to work the 8th. A leadoff dead ball and a Harper homerun shrank the lead to just one, 7-6, after which Matsuoka toiled to escape the inning, and did so with the slender lead intact, despite giving up a double and a walk.

Lim (1.54) then worked a nine pitch perfect 9th to bring home the win as well as registering his 27th save of the season. 7-6 Tokyo Final.

Ishikawa won his 8th straight start (6.2IP/6H/6K/1BB/1HBP/4ER) and is now at 10-8/3.80. It marks the third straight year Masanori has registered 10 wins or more.

With the bat, the man of the match award must go to Aoki, who went 4 for 5 (his 4th multi-hit game in a row) with 3 RBIs and is now batting .350. He is 41 hits away from the 200 mark, and has 33 games in which to reach that mark. Given how hot he’s been during this month, you wouldn’t want to bet against him getting there.

The two teams will meet again Thursday evening for the final game of the series before Hanshin and their uncouth army come to town from Friday.

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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

  • Magee

    Y500 beer night just as TYS gets back to .500 – perfect. Except the vendors were nowhere to be found. That was a disappointment. But happy to see the good guys come away with the win.