8/13/11 Hanshin (Home)

August 13th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 8

Hanshin Tigers 2

Streak: Won 1    Last 5:LWLLW



After the last few dismal performance, the Swallows finally figure out the Tigers.


 Aoki  CF
 Tanaka  2B
 Kawabata  SS
 Hatakeyama  LF
 Whitesell  1B
 Miyamoto  3B
 Balentien  RF
 Aikawa  C
 Yoshinori  P


 Murton  RF
 Hirano  CF
 Toritani  SS
 Arai  3B
 Brazell  1B
 Kanemoto  LF
 Uemoto  2B
 Fujii  C
 Messenger  P


We pick up the action in the second inning. After two quick outs, Uemoto came up to bat for the bumblebees. He was waiting for his pitch and he got it on the the third try from Yoshinori. Uemoto smacked the 1-1 pitch into the left field bleachers giving the bumblebees supporters something to yell about. 1-0 Hanshin

Fuji ended the inning by grounding out to Tanaka.

Unfortunately for the bumblebees and their fans, their joy was short-lived. In the bottom of the second, all of the past few weeks frustration came out. Tokyo sent 12 men to the plate. That’s right 12 batters in one inning!

Here is how it went down. After a Whitesell strikeout, Miyamoto got an infield single. Balentien grounded out but Miyamoto moved to second. Aikawa knocks a double to score Miyamoto and tie the game. 1-1

Thinking things are over? Well the bumblebees did. However, things kept on rolling. Up next was the fearless pitcher, Yoshinori. What does this crazy man do? Bunts for a hit. Ha! He was standing on first talking smack to Brazell. The hefty ginger probably wanted to b##ch-slap him.

So now Tokyo has runners on the corners and the top of the order coming up. Aoki does an excellent job of working the count and eventually gets a walk. That means the bases are loaded for Mr. Tanaka. Fortunately for Swallows fans, he is given the green light and smashes a ball to center scoring Aikawa and Yoshinori. 3-1 Tokyo

Green light! I got the green light!

Kawabata followed that with another single and the bases are loaded for “Boo”. “Boo” gives the bumblebees more pain by hitting a single to right, scoring Aoki and Tanaka. 5-1 Tokyo

Finally, Mayumi had seen enough from Messenger. He brings in Kojima to face Whitesell. Kojima promptly proceeds to walk him. Like the last day of your vacation, this good time came to an end. Miyamoto flies out to center to end the inning.

Tokyo gets on the board again in the 4th inning when “Boo” hits a 2-run HR. 7-1 Tokyo

"And you will know I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."

Keeping things rolling, Tokyo scores their final run in the 5th inning. With the bases loaded after a few hits and an error by the hefty ginger, Aoki came to the dish. He hits a little blooper to right scoring Miyamoto.  8-1 Tokyo

Tanaka and Kawabata both flew out to end the inning.

The bumblebees would get one run back in the 8th. Toritani hit a double that scored Hirano from first.  8-2 Tokyo

That was the final. The Birds did pretty well against Messenger. They also played good defense and did not make too many mental mistakes tonight. Loyal followers are still wondering can the Birds do enough to win the pennant. Whitesell and “Coco” are still having some problems at the plate. But hopefully they can get a few knocks out there tomorrow and get back in the groove.


Yeah, you should try standing on your feet and not your head.

The rubber match is tomorrow night. It will be Iwata for Hanshin and Kawashima for Tokyo.

Scoring Summary

  2nd  Uemoto solo shot 0 1
  2nd  Aikawa doubles, scores Miyamoto. 1 1
2nd  Tanaka singles, Aikawa and Yoshinori score  3 1
  2nd  Hatakeyama singles, scores Aoki and Tanaka  5 1
  4th  Hatakeyama hits a 2-run HR  7 1
5th  Aoki singles, Miyamoto scores  8 1
   8th  Toritani doubles, scores Hirano  8 2

About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.

  • TokyoIllini

    The Swallows needed that….. and so did the Tigers.

  • Huzzah!

  • Ckal0916

    I have a question for you Swallows guys- what was the point of having Yoshinori throw 140 pitches?

    • Crazycavs (Scott)

      That was a high number but Japanese teams seem to let their boys pitch. Unlike in MLB, where 100 pitches max is the perceived norm, its fairly common to see starters in Japan throw 120-130 pitches if everything is going well. So 140 wasn’t too extreme.

      • Rob

        One thing is the J obsession with the six-man rotation, so starters only throw once a week and he’ll have an extra day to recover. Even if the fifth and sixth guys are really questionable as starters…. (I’m not an advocate of the six-man rotation, just tellin’ ya.)

        For reference, a HS kid for Nichidai Sanko threw 166 today in a CG win (11-8), and will probably start their next game in three days or so.

    • Kozo

      Our bullpen has been iffy and Yoshinori had the Tigers’ relatively under control?

  • Count Fistula

    Scoring summary very like.

  • No

    I’ve been meaning to ask this for awhile now, but what’s the story with Patrick Yu?

  • Ckal0916

    With an 8-1 lead (though I suppose last night shows that even that isn’t safe) it would have been better to rest him. 140 pitches is high even for Japanese baseball and too many Japanese managers seem to want to burn out their pitchers arms. The MLB approach is much better in this respect.