10/5/11 – Hanshin (Away)

October 5th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 0

Hanshin Tigers 3

Streak: Lost 2    Last 5: LLWLL

(Kyocera Dome)

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Tanaka didn’t bat second, for a third straight game, which flagrantly violates the closest thing Tokyo has to set dogma: Tanaka bats second, behind Aoki. Should Aoki reach first and there be no outs, Tanaka will sac bunt. It’s the transubstantiation, the virgin birth, the Trinity of the Tsubamegun.

But we live in tumultuous times. “Batter my heart. . .

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Aoki (CF)1Hirano (2B)
2Noguchi (3B)2Shibata (CF)
3Kawabata (SS)3Toritani (SS)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Arai (3B)
5Balentien (RF)5Brazell (1B)
6Tanaka (2B)6Murton (RF)
7Iihara (LF)7Kanemoto (LF)
8Aikawa (C)8Omiyama (C)
9Tateyama (P)9Noumi (P)

Slow-mo lead blow

The game started out innocuously, with both pitchers giving up a hit here and there and Noguchi even pulling off the pointless sac-bunt behind an Aoki walk in the third (with an out, so it was actually far worse than pointless, it was intentionally losing), but the game remained scoreless for six-and-a-half innings.

The differences were slowly accruing, though, with Noumi walking a few more than Tateyama, but Hanshin notching more base hits.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brazell hit a fairly routine single and the Tigers set about manufacturing a run, first putting the speedier Yamato in to run, then moving him to third on a hit-and-run by Murton, which was followed by a successful Kanemoto hit-and-run for the RBI. 1-0 Hanshin.

Two outs into the top of the eighth, with Hatakeyama up and a man on, reliever Enokida was pulled in favor of the scary (and scarily ugly) Fujikawa, who did what he gets paid to do. In the bottom of the eighth, things got grimmer. After a Hirano pop-out, Shibata doubled and was driven in by a Toritani triple. That was followed by an Arai RBI single. 3-0 Hanshin, where it would remain.

Tateyama (10-4) pitched a complete game, but took the loss, of course.

Tokyo have managed to blow their hold on first place, which puts them in the position of desperately needing a win tomorrow and also needing a not-so-hot Hiroshima to beat a smoking Chunichi in Nagoya.

If you have a better idea than quoting John Donne, do let me know.

  • Kozo

    I didn’t watch the game and only saw the Yahoo Sports transcript of the game. Can someone tell me how close the play at the plate in the first inning was?

  • Things don’t look too rosy for us tonight either. Our likely starter is Masubuchi, while Chunichi will probably start the red-hot Yoshimi against Hiroshima……

    I’m starting to worry that by the time we get to the final Dragons away series, we’ll be tasked with having to sweep them to stand a chance of landing 1st. Which is looking like an impossible mission as things stand at the moment.

    But what we really, really, really need right now is Chunichi’s opposition TO MAN THE F*CK UP AND WIN SOME GAMES!!

  • Rob

    Oh, yeah! Thanks for bringing the lumber to help Tateyama tonight, batters! Ngah….