6/15/11 – Saitama (Home)

June 15th, 2011

Saitama Seibu Lions  8

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: DLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Yamamoto did his thing – nullifying Ks with RBIs and BBs, while the offense did a little reprise of their earlier Interleague performance by leaving their bats on the rack.


Not yet.

1. Aoki (CF)
2. Tanaka (2B)
3. Whitesell (1B)
4. Hatakeyama (LF)
5. Balentien (RF)
6. Miyamoto (3B)
7. Fujimoto (SS)
8. Aikawa (C)
9. Yamamoto (P)

1. Kataoka (2B)
2. Kuriyama (CF)
3. Nakajima (SS)
4. Nakamura (3B)
5. Fernandez (1B)
6. Asamura (LF)
7. Kumashiro (RF)
8. Ginjiro (C)
9. Nishiguchi (P)

The Lions got one hit in the first and two in the second, but it was in the third that the storm started. After striking out Nishiguchi, Yamamoto gave up a single to Kataoka, a double to Kuriyama, then a two-RBI double to Nakajima. Nakamura popped out allowing Nakajima to reach third and Yamamoto balanced the out with a walk to Fernandez followed by an RBI single to Asamura before finally notching a third out. 3-0 Saitama.

In the fifth, Yamamoto started off the inning by getting the Nakas out, but then gave up a single to Fernandez followed shortly by two-run homer to Asamura. 5-0 Saitama.

Why is Yamamoto a starter again? Is trial by fire the best way to get this kid ready?

Matsui took the mound in the sixth and gave up a hit to Ginjiro, whom I dislike on account of his cockiness – there’s no surer sign of arrogance than calling oneself by one’s given name only or by some corny nickname. Not much later, Ginjiro was driven in by Kuriyama. 7-0 Saitama.

Watanabe came on in the eighth and immediately got with the game plan by giving up a deep double to a pinch-hitting Goto, replaced by the pinch-running Akiyama, who scored on a deep Kataoka single. 8-0 Saitama, Final.

Yamamoto took the loss, his fourth, having given up five runs on ten hits, one of which was a HR.

Nishiguchi got his second win of the season.


  • Kozo

    Yamamoto is starting because we’re running low on options, and he was being somewhat effective.

    • Unfortunately for me, this was the second Wednesday in a row with effectively the same story. I could have copied and pasted.

  • Rob

    “Watanabe came on in the eighth and immediately got with the game plan by giving up a deep double….” Thanks – I spilled my coffee laughing at that.

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