8/04/12 – Chunichi (Home)

August 4th, 2012

Chunichi Dragons 8

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Sosa (5-0 / 0.21); L: Hidaka (1-2 / 3.51)

Things we learned from this evening’s game: Yagi is not good enough for prime-time, Chunichi actually can win at Jingu, and giving up seven walks in a game will likely lead to defeat in said game.

Chunichi Tokyo
Araki (2B)1Milledge (LF)
Oshima (CF)2Tanaka (2B)
Wada (LF)3Kawabata (SS)
Morino (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Ibata (SS)5Matsui (RF)
Tanishige (C)6Morioka (3B)
Matsui (RF)7Fukuchi (CF)
N.Donoue (3B)8Nakamura (C)
Iwata (P)9Yagi (P)

Given the state of disarray that the Swallows’ pitching staff currently finds itself in, 2008 draftee Ryosuke Yagi was handed his first pro start to try and plug the gap. And he struggled through the top of the 1st, letting three men on but escaped unscathed as some poor Chunichi base running gifted him two of the three outs he needed to put up his first 0 on a pro-scoreboard.

Milledge rounds the bases in the 1st

Tokyo took the lead in the bottom of the 1st, as a lead-off homer from the most consistent man in Tokyo, Mr.Lastings Milledge, gave Yagi a 1-0 advantage.

But the lead wouldn’t last as Ibata hit a solo shot of his own to left in the top of the 2nd to tie things up at 1-1.

Yagi then posted a 1-2-3 3rd as it looked like he may have broken the back of his nerves, but it was in the top of the 4th that things started to go wrong for the 21 year old. Three straight walks loaded the bases for Tanishige with no outs, and he hit of the wall in left to make it 3-1 Chunichi. That was the end of Yagi’s evening, as he was replaced by Masubuchi on the mound with no outs and men on first and second. He then proceeded to strike out three straight men which ended what could have been a very messy inning with the deficit still at two runs.

A two-out double from Fukuchi in the 5th was cashed in by Nakamura to pull the Swallows back to 3-2 before three hits off Shoda in the 6th yeilded one run for the Dragons to put their lead back to two runs, 4-2 Chunichi.

But the Swallows kept plugging away. In the 6th, Lastings’ second homer of the game, and no.15 for the year made it 4-3, and then in the 7th it was all square, as Matsui reached base via an Araki error, to be later cashed in by a Fukuchi triple to make it 4-4.

That would be as close as they would get, as two runs off Hidaka in the 8th  (two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out, Hidaka was yanked for Oshimoto, who gave up a two-run single) made it 6-4, before two more off Kyuko in the 9th (Wada two-run shot) polished things off for a 8-4 Chunichi Final.

Yagi: didn’t quite cut the mustard


  • Yagi’s final line read: 3.0 IP / 79 P / 4 H / 2 K / 4 BB / 3 ER. It’s highly likely that his second start of his pro-career won’t come for a while.
  • Milledge’s two homers gave him his second two homer game of the year.
  • This was Chunichi’s first win at Jingu in 2012 at their seventh attempt.
  • Hidaka was tagged with the loss in his team-high 43rd appearance of this season.
  • Fukuchi (double, triple) and Milledge (the aforementioned homers) had two hit evenings.
  • Sunday’s starters will  be Tateyama for Tokyo vs Yamauchi for Chunichi. For prior form on this matchup, see here.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto