6/14/11 – Tohoku (Away)

June 14th, 2011

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW

(Kleenex Stadium Miyagi)

W: Akagawa (4-4); L: Jimenez (2-7); S: Barnette (15)

The Swallows managed to keep the good times going with another win against the Eagles.

 Swallows Eagles
1Milledge (CF)1Hijirisawa (CF)
2Fukuchi (LF)2Ginji (2B)
3Kawabata (SS)3Takasu (3B)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Fernandez (1B)
5Balentien (DH)5Garcia (DH)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Nakashima (LF)
7J. Matsui (DH)7Matsui (SS)
8Nakamura (C)8Makida (RF)
9Morioka (2B)9Oyama (C)

Things looked a little hairy for Akagawa off the start as the young pitcher gave up back-toback 2 out singles in the first inning. But Akagawa got the third out and wasn’t threatened again until much later in the game.

The Swallows had their fair share of chances through their first 3 innings, but finally broke through in the fourth inning. Coco Balentien started off the inning with a walk. Miyamoto followed with a first pitch single to center to put 2 men on. Matsui managed to move Balentien to third with a fielder’s choice to second, putting men on the corners with 1 out. Nakamura came to the plate and showed bunt, and watched a pitch go by. Nakamura laid down the next pitch to the right of Jimenez with Balentien barreling in from third. Jimenez fielded the ball and attempted to flick it home with his glove but couldn’t and Balentien easily was safe for run #1. 1-0 Swallows One pitch later, Morioka hit a high outside fastball to left, to score Matsui from second. 2-0 Swallows

The Swallows added a run in the six after Miyamoto lead off with a single. Matsui ended up replacing him on first after he grounded into a fielder’s choice. With Matsui running on the pitch, Nakamura hit a liner to right for a hit. Makida threw to third trying to get Matsui, but Takasu misplayed the ball allowing it to get past him, giving Nakamura the chance to sneak into second. Morioka flied a 2-0 pitch deep enough into center to allow Matsui to tag up for the insurance run. 3-0 Swallows

After retiring 13 straight batters starting with the final batter of the third, Akagawa finally ran into some trouble in the eighth. Kaz Matsui skyed a pitch into the left field corner for a lead off triple. Akagawa’s followed up by hitting Makida to put men on the corners with no out. Akagawa traded a run for an out with a sac fly to Oyama to put the Eagles on the board. 3-1 Swallows Despite getting ahead of Hijirisawa 1-2, Akagawa ended up putting him on base with another dead ball. Akagawa ended his night by inducing a fly ball to center to leave 2 men on base with 2 out. Lim came in for the Swallows, and the Eagles responded by sending out former Swallow Aki Iwamura. Lim got ahead of Iwamura 1-2 and despite fouling off 3 straight pitches after that, Iwamura finally succumb to Lim’s forkball for a K and out number 3.

Barnette came out for the ninth and despite giving up a 2 out hit, looked fine getting 2 Ks and the save to preserve the Swallows’ win.

Akagawa took the win for his 7.2 inning throwing an economical 99 pitches for 1 ER, 4 hits, and 2 hit batsmen.

The Swallows will take a travel day tomorrow, and will face the Fighters in Sapporo over the weekend.

Akagawa earns his first win in a month.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Pittpen10

    Nice of the Ham to beat the Giants and Hawks to beat the Dragons.
    Sitting in third, 4.5 games out of first.