8/22/12 – Yomiuri (Home)

August 22nd, 2012

Yomiuri Giants 5

Tokyo Swallows 3 

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLDL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Takagi (3-0); L: Shichijo (1-3); S: Nishimura (3-1-19)

Shichijo lasted a bit longer than he did in his last outing: 7 hits (1 HR), 3 walks, and 4 runs vs. 2 Ks in 96 pitches over 6 2/3 innings. The offense matched the orange visitors ten hits for ten hits, but it wasn’t enough.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Chono (RF)1Milledge (LF)
2Matsumoto (CF)2Ueda (CF)
3Sakamoto (SS)3Tanaka (2B)
4Abe (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Takahashi (LF)5Kawabata (3B)
6Murata (3B)6Takeuchi (RF)
7Furuki (2B)7Morioka (SS)
8Kato (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Egarashi (P)9Shichijo (P)
RPTakagi, Fukuda, Tahara, Yamaguchi, NishimuraRPMatsui, Oshimoto, Yamamoto, Hidaka

Shichijo started us off with a scare – walking three and loading the bases in the first – but he managed to escape unharmed. The first run came in the second, when Furuki hit and was bunted to second by Egarashi, and was batted in by Chono. 1-0 Yomiuri.

Hatakeyama tied things right back up, leading off the bottom of the second and drilling the first pitch he saw for a solo home run. 1-1.

The high point of the night: The evening’s “Jingu Cutie”, known to the Tsubamegun as “Rainen” (Next Year), gets roped into a photo by a friend of the Tsubamegun and one who is, at all times, a loyal fan of the Birds.

In the bottom of the fourth, Kawabata singled, Takeuchi walked, Morioka sac-bunted them both over, and Nakamura cracked an RBI. 2-1 Tokyo.

Unfortunately, that did not last. With an out, Shichijo gave up a single to Matsumoto, then a homer to Sakamoto. An Ueda error then allowed Takahashi to score. Yes, inside the park. The ball was at the center field wall after it bounced wide of Ueda’s glove, by which point Takahashi was nearly to second base. 4-2 Yomiuri.

Tokyo took a step towards closing the gap: Tanaka, Hatake, and Kawabata hit back-to-Boo-to-back to add another run. 4-3 Gomiuri.

The Giants added one more to their win in the eighth, when Yamamoto gave up hits to Murata (replaced by Terauchi) andFuruki, then walked Rajimura to load the bases, before giving up a sac-fly to Ishii. 5-3 Yomiuri, Final.

Tokyo’s Roman is set to overpower Ono tomorrow at Jingu.