6/24/11 – Yokohama (Home)

June 24th, 2011

Yokohama BayStars 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Streak: Won 1    Last 5: WLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Looking to resume their Central League schedule where they left off in mid-May (i.e. by winning a lot),  the Swallows got the winning start they needed against the NPB’s doormats, but my there was a lot of huffing and puffing involved as they won in ten innings.

Us:

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

Them:

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

Tonight’s lineup saw the welcome return of Kawabata at short after his spell out injured. And after proving his worth as one of the finest starters in the NPB during inter-league play, Shohei Tatayama took the mound for Tokyo. And he was his usual dominant self, allowing just two hits during the first seven frames.

Unfortunately for him, he got absolutely zero run support during those dominant innings, as the Swallows put men on in practically every inning, but just couldn’t get any kind of groove going to bring home some bacon (not helped by some fluffed bunt and steal attempts).

The best chance came in the 5th, as a walk, a single and a Tateyama bunt put men on second and third with one out for Aoki, but he could only hit sharply to short with Kawabata then ran down between third and home for out number two. Tanaka grounded out to third and Tateyama still found himself sans-lead.

And then Yokohama stole a run in the 7th, as a two-out Watanabe single and a pinch-hitting double from Yoshimura was all it took for the Baystars to help themselves to a 1-0 Yokohama lead.

But, as has been the general characteristic of this 2011 Swallows team, they wouldn’t lie down as they found a way to get back in the game late on. In the 9th against Yokohama closer Yamaguchi, a Balentien walk and Miyamoto sac-bunt put pinch-runner Miwa on second with two outs. Yuichi came to the plate from the bench and snuck one to right, fielded in the deep infield on the dive by Watanabe, which was enough to allow Miwa home for 1-1.

And so to the 10th, which brought up Whitesell who hit one to just right of the scoreboard and into the stands for a 2-1 Tokyo Final. It was Josh’s 7th homer and Tokyo’s third sayonara win of the season.

Tateyama got a no-decision for his usual quality start (8IP/4H/6K/0BB/1ER) and his ERA is now at a miniscule 1.25.

Lim took the win for his 1-2-3 10th inning shift and his record is now at 2-0-14/1.54. Barnette worked a swift top of the 9th in relief of Tateyama and his ERA now sits at 1.42.

Tokyo outhit Yokohama 8-4, with Aoki (.307) and Miyamoto (.310) managing two hits each.

The season series between the two teams is now at 5-1-1, with the Swallows looking to extend their five game streak against the Baystars Saturday afternoon with Ishikawa the likely starter.

Sayonara chaos.

 

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • With Chunichi losing in Hiroshima Tokyo now sit 2.5 games clear in first.

  • Missed the game, but saw some fine highlights on Proyakyu News. Have to give props to the usually crap Shioroishi, for having the balls to wave Miwa home on that play. And boy did Miwa run… Usually the lowly MFer, would stop the runner but he actually made the right call yesterday.
    With Fukuchi out, expectations are high for Miwa to make that kind of play.
    Thanks for the write-up as usual, and go go Swallows!