9/04/12 – Yokohama (Away)

September 4th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 1

Yokohama BayStars 2

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: DDWWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Miura (9-7 / 2.86 ERA) L: Ishikawa (6-11 / 3.77) S: Yamaguchi (18S / 2.08)

Nothing as predictable as losing to the BayStars to bring a nice little run to an end. After three winning series against Chunichi (twice) and Hiroshima, Miura and his cellar-dwelling Yokohama chums shut down the Swallows to hand them their first loss in a week.

Hiyane (CF)1Uchimura (2B)
Tanaka (2B)2Aranami (CF)
Fujimoto (1B)3Nakamura (1B)
Milledge (LF)4Ramirez (LF)
Kawabata (3B)5Koike (RF)
Balentien (RF)6Watanabe (SS)
Morioka (SS)7Tsutsugo (3B)
Kawaoto (C)8Takajoh (C)
Ishikawa (P)9Miura (P)

Ishikawa was on the mound on the very day of the two month anniversary since he last registered a win. Unfortunately for Masanori, his best shift in quite a while was wasted as Tokyo couldn’t find a way to bring home runs against Miura.

After the first inning that was, as Ishikawa got himself a lead before he’d pitched a single ball. In the top of the 1st, Tanaka worked a one-out walk and found himself at second one out later following a ground-out from Fujimoto. Milledge made contact with a high inside fastball, and the ball just evaded the glove of a diving Koike in right and Tanaka was home for 1-0 Tokyo.

The wait continues for Ishikawa

But as has become part of the Ishikawa script during the last two months, his lead didn’t last long. In the 2nd, Ishikawa hit Koike before giving up back-to-back singles to Watanabe and Tsutsugo, the second of which scored the tying run for 1-1.

And then in the 4th, another two singles were followed up by another timely Tsutsugo hit, this time a double to right which made it 2-1 Yokohama.

Miura didn’t have it all is way though, and a bit more nous from the Tokyo bats could have helped Ishikawa out. Notably, in the 5th, singles for Morioka and Hiyane put men in scoring positions with two outs for Tanaka. But Beavis could only tamely hit the ball back to Miura to strand the men.

In the 7th, Tokyo put a man on second with one out, but neither Kawamoto or a pinch-hitting Takeuchi could move the runner along.

In the 8th, Fujimoto got on board with a two-out single, was replaced with the pinch-running Noguchi, who during Milledge’s at-bat was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning. So instead of Milledge hitting with a man on, he came back out with no-one on in the top of the 9th. ENOUGH OF THE DUMB-ASS DECISIONS OGAWA. Simply too many bunts at all stages of the game, and shit like making pitchers try to lay down suicide squeeze bunts and dudes stealing with two outs. Stop tinkering so much, you’re not Hara. Let your players play.

Aaaaanyway, back to the top of the 9th, Milledge singled (could have been much more, but Morioka looked like he may have been able to snag the ball at the wall, thus Lastings held at first), eventually made it to third via a bunt and groundout, but Morioka flew out in foul ground in front of the visitor dugout and that was it. 2-1 Yokohama Final.

Lastings brings home Tokyo’s only run.


  • Ishikawa’s line: 6 IP / 83 P / 5 H / 4 K / 1 BB / 1 HBP / 2 ER. Oshimoto and Matsui threw a scoreless inning each in relief.
  • Ishikawa is now 0 and 5 in his eight starts since his last win on July 4th. This was also the 101st loss of his career.
  • You may have seen that Balentien’s name was in the lineup at the top of this report, and yet you’ve seen no sign of his name after that. That’s because he didn’t really figure in this one on his return from injury, going 0 for 2 with a walk, and was replaced with Miwa on first after that walk in the 7th. Welcome back Coco. We need you.
  • Kawabata made a great catch of a foul bunt in the 5th.
  • Just as a reminder, here are the major names currently in the Tokyo treatment room: PITCHERS: Yoshinori, Lim, Matsuoka, Yamamoto (Hitoshi), Tateyama (not serious, but will miss a start due to swollen ankle). CATCHERS: Aikawa. INFIELDERS: Kawashima, Hatakeyama. OUTFIELDERS: Ueda, Matsui. Quite a list huh?
  • Yokohama extend their season series lead over Tokyo to 9-7.
  • If we’d been wearing our lovely throwbacks from this last weekend we’d have won this game. 100% scientific truth right there.
  • Tomorrow’s starters are penciled in as Orlando Roman vs Shugo Fujii.




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

  • Pittpen10

    This could have easily been a tie game top of the sixth. Two out, sharp grounder to the 2nd baseman, who bobbled the ball while a runner from second took a healthy turn around third, only to be held up by the “Stop” sign given by the third base coach. I was sitting 8 rows up from 3rd base and saw the fielder bobble the ball. Why didn’t the 3rd base coach?? What the hell was he watching that made him throw up the “Stop” sign??!!

    • Yeah, I noticed that play too. Morioka would have scored, but…. fucking Shiroishi…also that Noguchi steal was terrible…
      And sorry if I jinxed Katsuo-kun with my comment from yesterday… obviously his mojo hadn’t come back..