5/23/11 – Fukuoka (Home)

May 23rd, 2011

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 0

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Drew 1   Last 5: LLLLD

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

 

 

Not a very enjoyable day at Jingu. This game was called after five innings of steady drizzling. The mound had just about turned to mud.

Fukuoka

With no run support, this one was a wash.

1. Kawasaki SS
2. Honda 2B
3. Uchikawa LF
4. Kokubo 1B
5. Tamura RF
6. Matsuda 3B
7. Hasegawa CF
8. Hosokawa C
9. Iwasaki P

Tokyo

1. Aoki CF
2. Tanaka 2B
3. Hatakeyama 1B
4. Balentien RF
5. Guiel LF
6. Miyamoto 3B
7. Morioka SS
8. Aikawa C
9. Tateyama P

Tateyama threw a one-hitter through five and allowed only walk. He mixed in six strikeouts as well to keep Softbank off the board.

But Tokyo’s offense was again unable to get anything going.

Iwasaki was effective enough as he was able to get our right-handed batters to chase his low-and-away slider on several occasions. He gave the Swallows three walks and an HBP (Guiel picking up right where he left off), but the rest of Tokyo’s lineup was unable to make him pay.

Tokyo had the bases juiced in the third with two outs, but nothing came of it. In the fourth, again with two outs, it was runners on first and second, but no dice. And in the fifth there was only one out and Tanaka was standing on second, but both Hatakeyama and Balentien struck out waving at outside sliders to end the threat.

So it’s good that we didn’t drop another game, yes, but Tokyo really should have scored at least one run.

Tateyama’s ERA now rests at 1.66 after those five scoreless innings.

Tanaka was the only player to record multiple hits in this contest. He was also the only player from either team to reach base twice.

Tokyo’s next series is a short two-game affair at home against Orix on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Both games start at 6PM.

Notes:

Kawabata was diagnosed with a bruised thigh and will likely be unavailable for three weeks.

Tokyo has several other options at short. Araki, Morioka, Onizaki and Fujimoto are a few of the names that you’re likely to see in the next month or so. Unfortunately, they have not yet registered a hit between them (although, to be fair, Araki and Fujimoto have yet to register an at-bat this season).

Balentien is leading the league with a .352 batting average and mammoth .781 slugging. However, he’s hitting only .200 with runners in scoring position. Trying to do too much?

The only regular whose average is currently worse with runners on second and/or third is Whitesell (.154).

Tateyama takes a seat as the grounds crew was called in.

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

  • Rob (vivid taman)

    If you have the audacity to start the game in horrible weather, then have the guts to finish it! (I’m not saying risk Tateyama ripping his leg up when his front foot slides forward in the mud, I’m saying don’t start it in the first place.)
    I don’t know why they bothered to play this one at all. It had been raining all day, it was forecast to continue raining all night, they had a spare day set aside for Tuesday in case Monday was rained out (and the forecast for Tuesday evening was/is much more appealing), but no, they went ahead, started it, made fans sit through five innings plus some delays, and then – woah, hey, big surprise, it’s raining, we can’t play in this – let’s bag it after five and no action. Waste of time, waste of money, waste of a start by one of our best pitchers. Grrrrr!
    At least we didn’t lose in five….
    (Sorry! Just venting about the only thing I hate about Jingu: their insistence on playing in the rain. Can’t complain about the food anymore, though they replaced the cool old folks running the curry shop with a bunch of baito kids.)

  • Rob (vivid taman)

    If you have the audacity to start the game in horrible weather, then have the guts to finish it! (I’m not saying risk Tateyama ripping his leg up when his front foot slides forward in the mud, I’m saying don’t start it in the first place.)
    I don’t know why they bothered to play this one at all. It had been raining all day, it was forecast to continue raining all night, they had a spare day set aside for Tuesday in case Monday was rained out (and the forecast for Tuesday evening was/is much more appealing), but no, they went ahead, started it, made fans sit through five innings plus some delays, and then – woah, hey, big surprise, it’s raining, we can’t play in this – let’s bag it after five and no action. Waste of time, waste of money, waste of a start by one of our best pitchers. Grrrrr!
    At least we didn’t lose in five….
    (Sorry! Just venting about the only thing I hate about Jingu: their insistence on playing in the rain. Can’t complain about the food anymore, though they replaced the cool old folks running the curry shop with a bunch of baito kids.)

    • I’ve got to agree with most of this. There’s just no consistency with their “to play or not to play” decisions when the weather turns suspect.

      And the main gripe to take away from this game is what an complete and utter waste of five innings of one-hit Tateyama baseball.

  • Kozo

    Just to give more detail on Balentien’s stats with runners in scoring position.

    In 30 PAs with runners in scoring position, Balentien has has gone 4-for-20 with 9 BB, 1 SF, 0 HR, and only 3 Ks. So his OBP w/ runners in scoring position is .433. Arguably, Balentien is working what opposing pitchers are giving him.

    • True, but he’s been having a hard time during interleague play. Even with the protection of Miyamoto batting right after him (hitting .462 RISP), Balentien has gone 0-5 with a walk. 

      Very small sample size of course. And he got moved up to cleanup yesterday with Guiel batting fifth and Miyamoto still in the six-hole. He’ll figure it out.

      Hopefully he gets it going again against Orix on Wednesday and Thursday. Orix has the shakiest pitching in the Pacific at this point, and Coco has had to battle some very solid starters over the past six games.

  • Guest

    With Guiel in, who’s the odd man out? Whitesell?

    • Yes, Whitesell was on the bench for yesterday’s rain-shortened game.

      • Guest

        Does the foreigner count work the way I think it does? Only 4, with up to 3 pitchers or 3 hitters max? If so, who got off the 28-man roster? Whitesell? Barnette? I highly doubt it would be Lim, And Guiel and Vlad were in the lineup Tuesday.

        • Guest

          I just read about Barnette returning home. My prayers to his family.

  • Yeah, strange decision considering today was set aside for a postponement already, and the rain’s supposed to stop in the afternoon.

    • Yep, it’s just after 2pm here and the sun has started to show it’s face.

      The rain make-up days are built into the schedule so they should use them. Especially for game two of the series (as yesterday’s game was).