Apr 30th 2013, @ Yokohama

April 30th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 5

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Yamaguchi (3-1 ; 2.63 ERA)
L: Roman (1-2 ; 5.28 ERA)
S: Sosa (1S ; 2.38 ERA)

For over half of this one, it looked like the Swallows would coast to their seventh straight victory, but the BayStars had other ideas as they came back down the stretch to snap Tokyo’s remarkable streak at six.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Tanaka H. (2B)1Ishikawa (SS)
2Morioka (SS)2Uchimura (2B)
3Milledge (LF)3Ide (LF)
4Balentien (RF)4Blanco (1B)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Nakamura (3B)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Kinjoh (RF)
7Takeuchi (CF)7Matsumoto (CF)
8Tanaka M. (C)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Muranaka (P)9Ino (P)

Hiroyasu does damage in the 4th

Hiroyasu does damage in the 4th

Tokyo got on the board in the top of the 1st against rookie Yokohama starter Ino. A lead off walk for Tanaka was followed by the inevitable Morioka sac bunt before a Milledge ground out moved the runner to third. Yesterday’s hero Balenitien then snuck one up the middle to make it 1-0 Tokyo. A Hakake double then put two men in scoring position, but Miyamoto coulod only ground out to short to strand them there.

Yokohama struck back against Muranaka in the bottom of the 2nd, as a single, with the runner moving to second on a passed ball, and another single scored the tying run for 1-1. 

The lead was restored in the top of the 4th. Singles from Miyamoto, Masahiko Tanaka and Muranaka loaded the bases for Hiroyasu Tanaka, and he hit one almost to the wall in right to bring home two runs for 3-1 Tokyo.

Hiroyasu was at it again in the top of the 6th, as he brought home Masahiko from second (single => Muranaka sac bunt) as he hit again to right to tack on another run, 4-1 Tokyo.

Muranaka looks on as Nakamura rounds first in the 6th

Muranaka looks on as Nakamura rounds first in the 6th

So far, so comfortable, but after holding the BayStars’ bats hitless in four of the first five innings, Muranaka came unstuck in the bottom of the 6th. A one-out single for Ide set the table for Tony DESTROYER OF AIKAWA Blanco, and he blasted his 15th longball of the season to direct centre to close the deficit to one, 4-3 Tokyo. But Yokohama wasn’t done yet, as 2012’s “Swallows-Killer” Nori Nakamura latched onto a low outside fastball, which made it’s wind-assisted way into the right field stands to tie things up at 4-4.

After another single and double, that was all from Muranaka as Oshimoto made his welcome return from injury making his 2013 debut. He struck out the pinch hitting Gotoh to get out of the inning and spare Muranaka a possible second loss of the season. He then worked a perfect 7th before Roman took over for the 8th.

And Orlando struck out Blanco to start the inning in a positive fashion, but he then allowed Nakamura on via a single. Nakamura was replaced at first by Kajitani, and he promptly stole second during Kinjoh’s at bat, before the veteran hit a fierce grounder up the right field foul line that just stayed fair, scoring the go-ahead run. 5-4 Yokohama.

With Sosa on the mound to try and close things out for the BayStars in the top of the 9th, a Milledge single and Balentien walk put two men on with one out for Hatake. He could only fly out to right, with the tying run advancing to third to put men on the corners. Next man up Miyamoto valiantly fouled off six pitches, including one up the right field foul line that was *just* foul, before he grounded out to short for a 5-4 Yokohama Final.

Game Notes

  • Muranaka’s final line: 5.2 IP / 124 P / 7 H / 3 K / 3 BB / 4 R / 3 ER. He wasn’t involved in the final decision and his ERA rose to 3.07.
  • Roman took the loss for his 34 pitch 8th inning shift.
  • After yesterday’s heroics, Balentien went 1 for 4 with a walk and the one RBI.
  • Original Tanaka had a three hit afternoon with three RBIs while the newer Tanaka and Hatake both had two hit games.
  • Tomorrow evening will see Akagawa take the mound for the birds, with Kosugi hopefully throwing batting practice for the ‘Stars.
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

  • Michael Westbay

    Well, it’s about time we got a “wind-assisted” home run after all of Yakult’s on Monday. (Balentien’s were well earned.)