9/18/11 – Yokohama (Home)

September 18th, 2011

Yokohama BayStars 4

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWTL

(Jingu Stadium)

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A ninth-inning rally wasn’t quite enough to stop the outhit Swallows from losing for the first time since September 4th and closing their longest unbeaten streak in over a year.

 Yokohama Tokyo
1Aranami (CF)1Aoki (CF)
2Ishikawa (SS)2Tanaka (2B)
3Shimozono (LF)3Kawabata (SS)
4Murata (3B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Tsutsugo (1B)5Takeuchi (LF)
6Kinjoh (RF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Fujita (2B)7Balentien (RF)
8Honyamada (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Takasaki (P)9Masubuchi (P)

Lots of Ks, but lots of runs.

Masubuchi started off fairly well. Three strike-outs in the first inning, tempered by a triple. Things continued in that vein until the top of the fourth, when, with one out, he gave up a solo home run to Murata. He remained shaky, but no more runs scored. 1-0 Yokohama.

Things got worse in the fifth. Takasaki, the pitcher, hit a deep single to center, then got nabbed on the way to second, leaving Aranami on first to be moved over by an Ishikawa single. Shimozono was then walked to load the bases.

Would Masubuchi get out of it safely? Of course not. He beaned Murata to bring in a run and keep the bases loaded with one out. Tsutsugo then hit a successful sac fly for another run. Kinjoh followed that with an RBI single. 4-0 Yokohama.

Yamamoto took the mound for Tokyo in the sixth, Matsui then seventh and eighth, and Hidaka the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, a rally. Takasaki was still on the mound for Yokohama, having thrown eight shut-out innings with only two hits. Aikawa got things going with a line drive single. With two outs, Tanaka hit an RBI line drive single himself. Kawabata then walked and Hatake got lucky with a Fujita error and Tanaka made it home, leading to a 4-2 Yokohama, Final.

Revenge and dignity to be sought tomorrow against Yokohama, at Jingu.

  • Count Fistula

    Aoki’s lost his mojo.  Maybe Mrs. Aoki can put a spring back in his step.

  • Oops, sorry! I meant October. By the way, I’ve impressed with how Mr. Ogawa handle his players.  He always takes all the blame when a player makes a mistake.  He didn’t blame Miwa for a missed squeeze attempt on Saturday.  But he did scold Hatake for not getting to second base on an error in the ninth yesterday.http://www.sanspo.com/baseball/news/110917/bsf1109172342004-n1.htmhttp://www.sanspo.com/baseball/news/110919/bsf1109190505001-n1.htm

    • I like Ogawa because he’s not Takada. Thanks for the link, Etsuko.

      I think you’re replying to a response to your previous comments here: https://tokyoswallows.com/2011/09/15/91511-hiroshima-away/

      (For anyone wondering why the apology occurred.)

      Was your prediction of clinching the CL on October 14th based on wishful thinking (a win against Hanshin at home to clinch) or on some kind of sabermetric prediction?

      • Thank you for your interest.  It’s no sabermetrics, really.

        If TS play at least .500 (13-13) for the rest, they finish 73-56-15 (.5659).  Then the Dragons will need to go 20-7 and the Giants 20-3 to overcome TS.   

        Win   TS (26 left)         D (27)        G (23)
        ——  ——————–     ——————-    —————–  
        81     21-5   .6279         27-0  .6204     
        80     20-6   .6202         26-1  .6131
        79     19-7   .6124         25-2  .6058
        78     18-8   .6047         24-3  .5985
        77     17-9   .6538         23-4  .5912
        76     16-10  .5891        22-5  .5839      23-0  .5882
        75     15-11  .5814        21-6  .5766      22-1  .5839
        74     14-12  .5736        20-7  .5693      21-2  .5735
        73     13-13  .5659        19-8  .5620      20-3  .5662   

        * If D win all the games against YB and C, go 2-1 against T and go .500 against TS and G, they go 18-7-2 to finish at .563.
        * If TS have won more than 16 at the point when D get their 5th loss, TS win the CL championships.  My guess is that would be likely around on Oct.15 at Yokohama or Oct.18 at Koshien.

        So, winning the championships on Oct.14 at home is half prediction and half wishful thinking…