8/27/10 – Hanshin (Home)

August 27th, 2010

Hanshin Tigers 0

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

What balm can soothe the sting of a loss to the BayStars?

Turning around the next night to spank the Tigers.

The Spankers:

  1. Aoki

    A suitably heroic pose for Iihara.

  2. Tanaka
  3. Iihara
  4. Whitesell
  5. Hatakeyama
  6. Aikawa
  7. Takeuchi
  8. Fujimoto
  9. Tateyama

The Spankees:

  1. Murton
  2. Hirano
  3. Toritani
  4. Arai
  5. Brazell
  6. Kanemoto
  7. Johjima
  8. Fujikawa
  9. Messenger

Shohei “Fucking Cyborg” Tateyama threw another complete game shut-out, this one with six hits, but seven strike-outs (four against Murton) and no walks.

Tag. That's two.

Messenger actually got off to a bit of a better start than Tateyama, letting none of our guys on base for the first 3 2/3 innings. When the Birds did get into the action in the the fourth, though, they made it count: defensively, there was a bit of noteworthy niceness when a Toritani whiff on a hit and run was combined with Aikawa making the throw and nabbing Hirano at second for two outs in dramatic fashion.

On offense, Iihara walked and Whitesell knocked him in with home run #14 of the season (and remember Tokyo’s only had him for a couple of months). 2-0 Tokyo.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Swallows send Messenger packing when an Aoki single and a Tanaka Tak-bunt were followed by Iihara’s 14th home run of the season. 4-0 Tokyo.

Egusa had a good relief inning for Hanshin in the seventh and in the the eighth, Sajikihara took the mound, hit Aoki, then tossed a near replay of the sixth inning: Tanaka Tak-bunt (idiotic, of course), followed by Iihara heroics, this time in the form of a triple out to the right field fence. That was quickly followed by a Whitesell double and Whitesell’s inevitable replacement by Fukuchi on the basepaths. Sajikihara then walked Hatake, but got lucky in that Aikawa and Takeuchi both had lackluster evenings at the plate. Nonetheless, 6-0 Tokyo, Final.

Tateyama (8-5) got the win, of course. Messenger (3-4) took the loss.

Adding tot he fun, Hiroshima and Yokohama came through and helped Tokyo drag the top half of the table down a notch.
The whooping continues tomorrow night.

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