10/10/11 – Chunichi (Away)

October 10th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 0

Chunichi Dragons 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL

(Nagoya Dome)

This was the first game of that oh-so-critical four-game away series that we’ve been looking forward to since early last month.

W: Yamai (3-2) L: Ishikawa (9-9) S: Asao (7-2 9S)

And as you can see, it didn’t start well. Chunichi was able to capitalize when they got runners on base, which didn’t happen often, and Tokyo simply wasn’t able to do the same.

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Aoki CF1Araki SS
2Ueda LF2Ibata 2B
3Kawabata SS3Morino 3B
4Hatakeyama 1B4Blanco 1B
5Balentien LF5Wada LF
6Miyamoto 3B6Tanishige C
7Tanaka 2B7Hirata RF
8Aikawa C8Ohshima CF
9Ishikawa P9Yamai P

With Ishikawa on the mound looking for his 10th win of the season, he got into a little bit of trouble with two outs in the second. Tanishige hit a single to right, and then Hirata, who is only hitting .111 against Ishikawa this season, got his bat extended and popped one over the wall in center. 2-0 Chunichi.

Tokyo showed a little life in the top of the fourth with both Hatakeyama and Balentien getting two-out singles. This put runners  on the corners for Miyamoto, but he flew out to center to end the inning.

Ishikawa allowed a third run in the bottom of the fifth. After expending eight pitches to get two groundouts, Chunichi starter, Yamai, roped the second pitch he saw down the line into left field. That allowed him a stand-up double, and Araki moved him over to third with a single to center two pitches later. Ibata then doubled to score Yamai from third to add the game’s final run. 3-0 Final.

Tokyo again threatened in the top of the seventh as Miyamoto’s one-out infield single was followed by a Tanaka hit that put runners on first and second. Aikawa then succumbed to a heavy diet of forkballs, before Miyamoto was waved home on a grounder that reached Wada in shallow left field. The throw home was right on the money, and Miyamoto was out by a mile.

The Swallows also gave Asao a little bit of trouble in the top of the ninth, but the baby-faced phenom eventually prevailed giving Chunichi an extra-game advantage in the CL standings in the process.

Game two is tomorrow night at 6PM.


Balentien showed good patience during his first two at-bats. He had a walk and a single to show for it.

Tokyo outhit Chunichi 9-5.

Hatakeyama and Miyamoto had two hits apiece.

Tokyo did not manage any extra-base hits in this game.

Of Chunichi’s five hits, three were for extra bases (HR, double, double).

This just about sums it up.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Yep. This game very much resembled the majority of the games in the 3-1 series loss there last month.

    Get men on, can’t cash them in..

  • Rob

    Was Miyamoto waved around or was that his own idea? Wada doesn’t have a strong arm, but he’s on target.

    I think Balentien started the game with high socks and then switched back to the pajama-style later in the game. That was odd. He also seemed to change his stance a little – more of a crouch, and more open.

    • Rob

      Oh, “was waved home” – thanks. Can we blame Shiroishi for this, or was was Dobashi coaching third? Man….

  • Mac

    I was there.

    Horrible horrible stuff. Especially Miyamoto’s out.

    Can’t articulate the anger here, but the Dragons fans around us felt it.