9/4/10 — Yokohama (Away)

September 4th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 9

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LWDWL



Tokyo’s lineup:

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

This game fell apart in the sixth.

With the score tied 1-1, Yokohama led the inning off with three straight outfield singles. One run scored in the process, and a subsequent double play kept Tokyo in it. But with two outs, things got quickly out of hand. RBI single, single, HBP, RBI single, BB, GRAND SLAM! 9-1 Yokohama.

The birds plated three runs in the top of the seventh off of five runs, but that’s as far as they got. 9-4 Final.

The grand slam wasn’t surrendered by Tateyama. It was actually given up by Matsui who was covering the final third of the sixth inning.

Tateyama (8-6; 3.74 ERA) finished the game with the loss on eight hits and seven earned runs. He notched five Ks against a single HBP. Matsui (4.63), Lee (18.00) and Hashimoto (4.30) all made relief appearances.

On offense, Aoki went 3-5 with a trio of singles. Tanaka and Aikawa had two singles each while Hatakeyama deserves credit for smacking his 11th homer of the season.

Game three of this series is tomorrow night at 5PM at Yokohama Stadium.

Random notes:

The birds outhit Yokohama 13 to nine.

Outside of that fateful sixth inning, the BayStars managed only two hits.

Every Tokyo starter (except for Tateyama) recorded at least one hit.

HUGE opportunity wasted since Yomiuri also lost tonite. Double doh!

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini