7/16/11 – Yomiuri (Away)

July 16th, 2011

Yomiuri Giants 6

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWDWL

(Tokyo Dome)

Tokyo’s remarkable streak against Yomiuri came to an end in a game that’s best left forgotten.

Us:

The game wasn't pretty and neither is he

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Whitesell (1B)
  4. Hatakeyama (LF)
  5. Balentien (RF)
  6. Kawabata (SS)
  7. Kawamoto (C)
  8. Fujimoto (3B)
  9. Yamamoto (P)
Them:
  1. Sakamoto (SS)
  2. Takahashi (LF)
  3. Ogasawara (1B)
  4. Chono (CF)
  5. Ohmura (RF)
  6. Fields (3B)
  7. Tsuruoka (C)
  8. Fujimura (2B)
  9. Nishimura (P)

For the first half of this game the Swallows essentially threw batting practice for the Giants’ batters. Yamamoto lasted just 2 and 1/3 innings before being yanked, after it was clear he just wasn’t with it. He left the game with the score at 3-0 Yomiuri and was replaced by Matsui (6.57) who allowed two more hits in the inning and another of Yamamoto’s runners home, before he escaped the inning via a piece of poor baserunning by Giants’ new-boy Fields. 4-0 Yomiuri.

Yamamoto’s final line: 2.1 IP/45P/7H/1HR/1K/4ER.

Matsui wasn’t much better, allowing two more runs off three hits and a walk in the 4th, 6-0.

The Swallows bats meanwhile were completely baffled by ultra-fugly Giants starter Nishimura, who had a no-hitter going into the 6th when Tokyo finally got on the board. After Fukukawa (in for the pitcher) walked, an Aoki single and a deadball for Whitesell loaded the bases for Hatake, and he singled to centre to make it 6-2.

They would be the only runs Tokyo would manage until the 9th, when a Kawabata single and pinch-hit Miyade double made it 6-3. Nishimura would then wrap up the game for his first career complete game performance, 6-3 Yomiuri Final.

After the batting practice capers of Yamamoto and Matsui, Akagawa (5.14) and Satoh (making his season debut) pitched two innings each of shutout baseball, with Akagawa allowing just the one hit in the 6th.

Yamamoto took the loss and his record now stands at 1-6/3.97.

Tokyo were outhit 13-5 with the hits coming from Aoki (2 hits/.314), Hatake (.288), Kawabata (.272) and Miyade (.323).

The final game of the series is tomorrow afternoon, with Tokyo looking to avoid their first back to back losses since losing both games at Seibu way back on May 28th/29th.

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

  • Hiroshima did the business again tonight by beating Chunichi once more, meaning the lead at the top is still 7 games.

  • Baseballoogie

    Oh well. It had to end sometime.

  • TokyoIllini

    Balentien has to be sent down now.  He’s dead weight.

    • No

      Still feel that way this Wednesday morn?