8/09/12 – Yokohama (Home)

August 9th, 2012

Yokohama BayStars 0

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows made up for the last 400 yen beer night, and played a brisk 1-0 game that Tsubamegun writers dream about.

W: Roman (7-7); L: Takasaki (5-8)

 BayStars Swallows
1Sho Aranami (CF)1Lastings Milledge (LF)
2Kensuke Uchimura (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Norihiro Nakamura (3B)3Kazuki Fukuchi (CF)
4Alex Ramirez (LF)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Tatsuhiko Kinjo (RF)5Jun Matsui (RF)
6Naoto Watanabe (SS)6Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)
7Masatoshi Goto (1B)7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
8Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)8Ryoji Aikawa (C)
9Kentaro Takasaki (P)9Orlando Roman (P)

Things looked a little hairy to start the game. Roman, coming off a complete game shutout against the Tigers, gave up a walk to Aranami to start the game. Nakamura erased the runner with a bullet to second to catch Aranami trying to steal. Roman gave up hits to Uchimura and Ramirez to put men on the corners, but the BayStars were not able to capitalize. No BayStar runner touched second base for the rest of the night.

The Swallows got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Milledge started things off with a hit that streched into a double thanks to some hard running. Kawabata tak-bunted Milledge to third, and one out later, Hatakeyama drove home the runner with a single. 1-0 Swallows

A little over 2 hours and 116 Roman pitches later the Swallows had themselves a tidy 1-0 win. Roman got his second consecutive complete game shutout after throwing 136 pitches, giving up 7 hits, 3 walks, and getting 7 strikeouts. The game lasted just 2 hours and 31 minutes, and was played before 18,501 fans. Nice and easy!

The Swallows will move up the Sobu line and play the Giants over the weekend. The Swallows haven’t played the Giants since late-June, and will need to win a significant portion of their 13 remaining games against the Giants to make a dent in the CL.

Roman throws a whopping 136 pitches to record his second consecutive shutout.

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.