4/17/11 – Yokohama (Home)

April 17th, 2011

Yokohama BayStars 0

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLLDW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Swallows win! Swallows win!

The Victors:

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Hamanaka (LF)
  4. Hatakeyamal (1B)
  5. Aikawa (C)
  6. Balentien (RF)
  7. Miyamoto (3B)
  8. Kawabata (SS)
  9. Masubuchi (P)

The Vanquished:

  1. Ishikawa (SS)
  2. Watanabe (2B)
  3. Sledge (LF)
  4. Murata (3B)
  5. Harper (1B)
  6. Morimoto (CF)
  7. Yoshimura (RF)
  8. Takeyama (C)
  9. Yamamoto (P)

E Aho Laula!

Dear Reader, this will be a little bit confusing, whether you’ve just joined us or have been with the team for a while, but it appears Tokyo has managed to score more runs than the opposing team, which, I’m told, is known as a “win”. I thought my Japanese was OK, at least for baseball terms, but I had to go to the dictionary there.

I exaggerate, of course, but that’s what I do. Nice to finally get one in the W column there, even if we are still in last.

Here’s how this historical even went down:

Masubuchi started his first game of the season so as to make you hate his fat ass. He faced five batters and walked three. Luckily, Ishikawa tried to run for it and got nabbed, getting Tatsuyoshi, who’s too old for this to be cute, out of the inning.

The Birds, always obliging, sat down as quickly as possible, making Yamamoto throw only 12 pitches.

Masubuchi realized he was starting a real game in the second inning (it’s been a while) and had a 1-2-3 inning, even notching a K against Takeyama on a checked swing.

Hatake started off the offensive inning for Tokyo in the second and made a meal of a low-ish forkball. Left bleachers. 1-0 Tokyo.

Masubuchi decided he wanted the Tsubamegun’s love and got himself two more strike-outs in another 1-2-3 side in the third, bringing  himself up to bat. He did what pitchers do, but Aoki, Tanaka, Hamanaka, and Hatakeyama all hit, the latter driving in a run. 2-0 Tokyo.

Then, Masubuchi got another K and another three quick outs.

We did the same for the BayStars in the bottom of the fourth.

1-2-3 again for Masubuchi. We began to consider offering him Kozo’s hand in matrimony. (He’s the youngest and cutest, besides, the rest of us are already taken.)

(We feel sorry for them, too.)

Tatsuyoshi led-off again in the fifth. Aoki hit again. No one else did, though.

Top of the sixth: Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, one of my favorite pitchers (Did I mention that?), snags his fifth strike-out in his fifth straight perfect inning, which gives him six hitless innings.

Hatakeyama, combining with Masubuchi to prove that E Aho Laula, sent another low pitch, this one a cutter, to join its cousin. Aikawa and Balentien then hit safely, putting Aikawa on third with one out, to be driven in by Kawabata, who hit safely while Balentien got caught by the force at second. 4-0 Tokyo.

Masubuchi wound up giving up a hit, notching another K, and walking one more in the 7th, then walking one more in the 8th, giving him the one-hit shut-out win with five BBs on 119 pitches and six Ks. Lim closed with one K in a 1-2-3 side.