8/17/11 – Yokohama (Home)

August 17th, 2011

Yokohama BayStars 10

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 10

Streak: Tied 1 Last 5: LWLWT

(Jingu Stadium)


Tokyo is certainly in the entertainment business. I was prepared to ponder Kawabata’s batting third and to make up for my discounting of Shichijo’s previous outing, which was solid. Instead, I find myself thinking more of rallies  and records.


 Hiroshima Tokyo
1Shimazono (RF)1Aoki (CF)
2Ishikawa (SS)2Tanaka (2B)
3Sledge (LF)3Kawabata (SS)
4Murata (3B)4Hatakeyama (LF)
5Harper (1B)5Whitesell (1B)
6Kinjoh (CF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Fujita (2B)7Balentien (RF)
8Kurobane (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Suda (P)9Shichijo (P)

Yuuki, we want to forget it, too.

The top of the first started out OK, Shimazono popped out. Then things got a little worse: Ishikawa got a hit but Aoki fumbled the ball to let an undeserving Ishikawa to advance and Shichijo walked Sledge. After that, Shichijo struck out Murata on a check swing, but it took him twelve pitches to do it.

The things got a lot worse. Shichijo gave up seven straight hits, the sixth of which was a three-run homer by Shimozono. At that point, Shichijo had thrown 53 pitches to 11 batters, giving up eight hits and as many runs. Watanabe took over to give up two more consecutive hits before finally ending the inning. 8-0 Yokohama.

Watanabe gave up another run in the fourth, an inning he started by hitting his namesake (in at second base), by giving up a hit to Sledge, then a grounder to Murata, which drove in Watanabe. 9-0 Yokohama.

Stop your cussing, though. These aren’t the Takada-era Birds.

After a Kawabata strike-out, Hatakeyama and Whitesell walked, Miyamoto hit an RBI single, and Balentien hit a three-run homer to right. 9-4 Yokohama.

In the top of the fifth, One took the mound for Tokyo. Fujita walked and Shimazono drove him in. 10-4 Yokohama.

Not for long, though. Tanaka singled, Kawabata doubled, Hatake walked: Bases loaded. Whitesell struck out on three pitches, but no worries: Morioka, in at third base, doubled everyone home. 10-8 Yokohama.

Matsuoka took over pitching duties in the sixth and put the BayStars down 1-2-3, bringing up Kawamoto (in at catcher), who hit; Aoki, who hit; Tanaka, who sac-bunted both runners over; and Kawabata, who hit a two-RBI double, tying the game, where it would remain. 10-10.

That makes 13 ties this season – already in the top few seasons ever.

Kyuko relieved Matsuoka and Barnette pitched the ninth, redeeming himself with a K and three straight outs.

Yokohama again tomorrow.

  • Baseball Oogie

    This season will be record-setting one way or another.


  • Kozo

    I never realized changing the team slogan from “Just Play to Win” would have such a big impact.

  • I just went to the gym after seeing that the score was 8-0 while I was at work! It’s uncanny how the team can come back to tie so many games, even being down 9-0!