Apr 9th 2013, @ Chunichi

April 9th, 2013

 Tokyo Swallows Chunichi Logo0  

Chunichi Dragons 5

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LLLWL

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Yamamoto (1-0; 0.00 ERA) L: Muranaka (1-1; 4.82 ERA)

Please excuse me, this one will be brief. This game has already taken up three hours of my life that I will never get back, so I’ll try to waste as little of yours as possible. I think we all have better things we could be doing, don’t we? Like sobbing oneself to sleep. Ah, that’s just me.

Kawashima (SS)1Ohshima (CF)
Ueda (CF)2Matsui (RF)
Milledge (LF)3Luna (3B)
Hatakeyama (1B)4Wada (LF)
Ihara (RF)5Clarke (1B)
Miyamoto (3B)6Ibata (SS)
Tanaka (2B)7Tanishige (C)
Nakamura (C)8Araki (2B)
Muranaka (P)9Yamamoto (P)

After pitching seven plus innings of (Tetsuya Yamamoto assisted) shut out baseball last week, Muranaka started his second game of the season. And he was terrible. I’ll spare you the gory details, but five hits yielded four runs for Chunichi in the 1st, while another two hits plated what would turn out to be Chunichi’s final run of the game in the 2nd.

And that was it for Muranaka, his final dismal line reading, 2 IP / 52 P / 7 H / 2 K / 3 BB / 5 ER.

After that two innings each from Matsuoka and Shoda, and an inning apiece from Shichijo and Abe kept the Dragons off the board over the remainder, allowing just four hits between them (two each for the first two of that quartet).

So all that remained was for the Tokyo bats to find a solution to the creaky Chunichi battery of Masa Yamamoto and Tanishige, who have a combined age of 89. Yes, 47 + 42 = 8motherfudging9. And a solution eluded them as they managed a grand total of a solitary hit (courtesy of Keizo Kawashima) off the aged duo over their six innings in tandem, and a further, erm, zero hits the rest of the way as a three man Chunichi bullpen team shut them down with ease.

The only real chance of the entire “contest” came in the 6th as Yamamoto walked Keizo and Ueda with one out, only for Milledge and Hatake to leave them stranded with a fly-out to right and caught liner respectively.

So that be that. 5-0 Chunichi Final.

Muranaka. Must do better.

Muranaka. Must do better.

Game Notes

  • This game sucked the big dirty one.
  • Tomorrow’s game will see rookie Ogawa take the mound for Tokyo, with Chunichi countering with Bradley.

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

  • Dr. No

    Am I the only one disappointed the new uniforms are screen printed instead of embroidered. The replica jerseys they sell to the fans are the same and still cost 7500 yen. Boooooo!

    • No, I’m with you. I don’t mind it quite so much on the player’s jerseys, as they seem to be of a higher quality overall.

      But the replicas that us mere mortals can buy for 7000 yen are of the lowest possible quality materials/build wise. The worst in the 12 years or so I’ve been here. So bad in fact, that a man who has amassed many, many different jerseys over the years (me), refuses to buy one on principle, even though I really want to and like the overall designs.

      They look like they can’t have cost much more than 500 yen each to make, and I’m being generous.

      But of course they’re capitalising on the loyalty of the small band of core Tokyo fans, and I’m guessing, as Swallows jerseys don’t sell particularly well in comparison to those of other teams, they’re using this change in uniforms to make as much money as possible by selling shite at a high markup knowing that it will automatically be bought by a core group of fans..

  • Tanishige never should have recorded that first double.

    Blown call.

    He didn’t check his swing, he knew it and started to head to the dugout, but the first base ump said he didn’t swing. A second chance was all he needed, and boom. The birds were down by four instead of just two.

    • This is very true. However given how the Swallows were swinging the bat, I’d wager the only difference this would have made in the end would be to the team’s run differential column.