8/6/10 – Yokohama (Away)

August 6th, 2010

Tokyo Swallows 16

Yokohama BayStars 4

Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

The BayStars were the last team to beat the Swallows, way back on August 1st, in Iwaki. Yokohama won that series and set some of here at the Tsubamegun to lamenting our relatively poor fortunes against the punching bag for the rest of the Central League.

Well, those fears were at least put on hold tonight. If you arrived at the park or got home and tuned in after work, you probably missed the fireworks that opened the show. That call you received from a number you didn’t recognize? The BayStars wanted you to pitch. First, though, a formality.

Our guys:

  1. Aoki

    Another one. Anybody got an abacus?

  2. Tanaka
  3. Takeuchi
  4. Whitesell
  5. Hatakeyama
  6. Aikawa
  7. Miyamoto
  8. Kawabata
  9. Tateyama

The hosts by the Bay:

  1. Uchikawa
  2. Ishikawa
  3. Harper
  4. Murata
  5. Sledge
  6. Shimozono
  7. Castillo
  8. Hashimoto
  9. Ohka

Yokohama’s line-up looks like it did the last time I wrote about them. Ours looks rather different and, tonight it worked.

Aoki led off, taking the first pitch, then bouncing the second through the right side gap for a single. Tanaka then grounded out. No problem, though – Takeuchi drove a double out to the fence, bringing Aoki home.

Whitesell then walked, bringing up Hatakeyama. On a 1-1 count, Ohka put a cutter down the middle and Hatake made a meal of it: over the left field fence for a three-run homer; number seven for our man.

Aikawa and Miyamoto kept the run going with singles before Kawabata grounded into out number two.

So it’s two outs, top of the first inning. The starting pitcher, Tateyama, comes up. Oh well – four runs to start isn’t bad. On the other hand, know what the best start a visiting starter can have in a game is?

That’s right: a three-run home run on the first pitch he faces. Wham! (Like the sound, not the band with Andrew Ridgeley and that other guy.)

The birds were not done, though. Aoki got his second single of the game and was then brought home, scoring his second run of the game, when Tanaka made up for getting the first out by hitting an RBI double. Takeuchi then walked. Holy cow! But Whitesell grounded out.

I’ll take it, though. 8-0 Tokyo.

The bottom of the first went 1-2-3 with a K for Tateyama.

Hata, unsurprisingly, replaced the sucking Ohka for the BayStars in the second inning. Hatakeyama and Miyamoto each got their second hit of the game, joined by Kawabata with his first, but it came to nothing.  Tateyama gave up two hits, but no runs, while notching a second K.

Hata kept the proud traditions of his team alive in the third, though, by walking Aoki and Tanaka, then giving up a three-run homer Takeuchi. Three three-run homers in three innings! A-ha! 11-0 Tokyo.

Yatarou came in next for the hapless homeboys only to spoil our fun by pitching well enough that I can’t really make fun of him for going by only his first name. Two 1-2-3 innings before he was replaced by Shinohara, who got into a bit of trouble in the sixth, when he finally gave up a hit and a walk, which, combined with an error, left us with the frustration of leaving runners stranded when we failed to score.

Murata pounded the first pitch of the sixth inning for a solo homer. 11-1 Tokyo.

Aoki led off again in the seventh, but grounded out. Tanaka singled, as did Takeuchi, pushing Tanaka to third. D’Antona then replaced the not-so-shiny Whitesell, showing both that the competition between the former D-backs and D’Antona’s place in it are very much alive: RBI single. Hatake then hit an RBI double. Aikawa hit a sac-fly RBI. Onizaki came in and hit an RBI single, too. Depeche Mode! 15-1 Tokyo.

For Yokohama, Ishikawa singled and was driven in by Harper in a two-run home run. 15-3 Tokyo.

Kato started the eighth for Yokohama and gave up two hits, but no runs. Takaichi relieved Tateyama and gave up a run on an Uchikawa RBI single. 15-4 Tokyo.

Top of the ninth, Sanada pitching for the BayStars, Yuichi comes in for Miyamoto and hits a home run. Sanada then filled up the bases while striking out two, but the birds couldn’t bring their fledglings home. 16-4 Tokyo.

Takagi pitched the ninth for Tokyo, giving up one hit as he finished off the Swallows’ victims.

It was a bash-fest. 22 hits, including four home runs, for Tokyo; 17 hits, including two home runs, for Yokohama.

Tateyama (5-5, 4.03) took the win for the Swallows, while Ohka (3.5, 4.63) took the loss for the BayStars.

  • SFBird

    To quote my favorite Bay Area radio announcer, Joe Starkey, “What a Bonanza!!”

  • SFBird

    Thanks! This is my first summer in Tokyo so I just started following the Swallows, but this website is fantastic and has helped me learn a lot about the team.

    • Glad to hear it – always good to know it's of use to someone. Clearly you're a man of good taste; may the birds make your first summer here memorable.