8/25/11 – Chunichi (Home)

August 25th, 2011

Chunichi Dragons 5

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 

Streak:  Lost 1   Last 5:  LWWDL

(Jingu Stadium)

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In my pessimism, I tend to look for the dark side early. Tonight, to my chagrin, proved me right. I hate that. The big ball line-up of Fludge, CoCo, and Colin couldn’t quite pound enough home.
 Chunichi Tokyo
1Araki (SS)1Aoki (CF)
2Ohshima (CF)2Tanaka (2B)
3Morino (3B)3Kawabata (3B)
4Wada (LF)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Tanishige (1B)5Balentien (RF)
6Guzman (RF)6Guiel (LF)
7Donoue (2B)7Kawashima (SS)
8Oda (C)8Kawamoto (C)
9Soto (P)9Akagawa (P)

Off to a bad start.

Things started badly when Araki led off with a solo homer to left. 1-0 Chunichi.

Some excitement came in the bottom of the fourth. Kawabata grounded out to start, but the big boys came up and Hatake singled to right, followed by a Balentien walk and Guiel dead ball to load the bases. How about that? The biggies set to run as the light-hitting speedy comes up.

Keizo popped out, but Kawamoto hit an RBI single. Then, my friends, an awesome thing happened. Akagawa made up for the homer by hitting a two-RBI single. Of course, pessimism coming to realization, Aoki struck out to end the inning. 3-1 Tokyo.

In the top of the sixth, Guzman and Donoue hit safely and were followed by pinch-hitter Hirata, who homered. Katsuki-kun, this is not the Tokyo way. (At least not what we want to be the Tokyo way.) 4-3 Chunichi.

Yamamoto pitched the seventh and gave up two hits, but no runs.

Hashimoto pitched the eighth and gave up yet another home run to Hirata. 5-3 Chunichi, Final.

Watanabe pitched the ninth. Soto (5-0) got the win, Akagawa (1-1), the loss.

Tokyo remain five games in first because of the ties. They go down to Koshien for three games tomorrow.