8/26/10 – Yokohama (Home)

August 26th, 2010

Yokohama BayStars 9

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LWWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Damned BayStars.

OK, OK, I’ll admit the they’ve-got-our-number thing is a bit exaggerated, but damn them anyway.

Our Boys in the (rather nice) ‘Hood:

  1. Aoki

    Nice recovery, and the glory days threads suit you, but it's all about first impressions.

  2. Tanaka
  3. Takeuchi
  4. Whitesell
  5. Yuichi
  6. Miyamoto
  7. Kawabata
  8. Kawamoto
  9. Yoshinori

The Basket-case by the Bay:

  1. Uchikawa
  2. Fujita
  3. Harper
  4. Murata
  5. Sledge
  6. Shimozono
  7. Castillo
  8. Takeyama
  9. Fujie

Yoshinori seems to start shaky and get better as he gets going. Tonight, four hits and two walks in the top of the first, put the visitors up early. 3-0 Yokohama.

The top of the second brought more nerve-racking situations, but no more runs, thankfully. After that, Yoshinori settled in and actually pitched a heck of a game, giving up no more runs: 7 innings with 8 hits, 4 walks, 3 earned runs, but 11 strike-outs. Not too shabby a recovery, although he, somewhat unjustly, took the loss – such are the quirks of the system.

The Birds struck in the bottom of the fourth. Tanaka walked, then Takeuchi doubled, bringing him home. Whitesell then hit the first pitch he saw in the at-bat for a line drive RBI single. 3-2 Yokohama.

De La Cruz came in in relief in the eighth and the BayStars added a run to their lead. Castillo hit, Takeyama sac-bunted him to third, and Kinjoh, in as a pinch hitter, hit an RBI single. De La Cruz struck out Uchikawa, but that was followed by Fujita reaching first on a Tanaka error, which got De La Cruz yanked in favor of Watanabe, who struck out Harper to end the inning. 4-2 Yokohama.

The bottom of the eighth saw Whitesell hit a solo home run off Sanada, but it wouldn’t be enough. 4-3 Yokohama.

The top of the ninth was the stuff nightmares are made of. Yamagishi and Matsui combined for a thorough sucking. Yamagishi’s first pitch was nailed for a line-drive single by Murata. He then threw four sorry balls to Sledge, who luckily swung at one. Not that it mattered, as the first pitch to enter the strike zone wound up under the scoreboard. 6-3 Yokohama.

They weren’t done, though. Yamagishi walked Shimozono, hit Castillo, and finally managed an out when Takeyama sac-bunted those two into scoring position, which they did, but not before Yamagishi was pulled in favor of Matsui, who upped the suck without delay, giving up an RBI single to Yamazaki, the first batter he faced. Uchikawa then grounded out, but managed an RBI in the process. He then gave up hits to Fujita and Inada, the latter of which was another RBI, before he finally got Murata to pop out to the infield after throwing five pitches more or less low and away. 9-3 Yokohama.

The bottom of the ninth 28-year-old Genki Nitta get an at-bat and a hit, but to no avail, no one else did.

D’Antona got an at-bat in the 7th (he grounded out), and Onizaki played the last two innings, as the Ogawa continued to mix things up to get bats in place, which, on the whole, seems to be working. Alas, not tonight.

The Swallows host our favorite ill-mannered guests through the weekend and are going to have to light a fire under the bullpen’s collective ass. Livelier lumber wouldn’t hurt, either.

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