May 7th 2013, vs Chunichi

May 7th, 2013

Chunichi LogoChunichi Dragons 0

Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 3    Last 5: LLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Muranaka; 2-1 / 2.41 ERA L: Yoshimi; 1-4 / 4.71 ERA.

Tokyo continued their positive streak as a solid eight innings from Muranaka and some timely hitting was enough to lift them to a rather straightforward win over the lowly Dragons.

 Dragons Swallows
1Ohshima (CF)1Hiyane (CF)
2Araki (RF)2Tanaka H. (2B)
3Morino (1B)3Milledge (LF)
4Luna (3B)4Balentein (RF)
5Wada (LF)5Iwamura (3B)
6Ibata (SS)6Hatakeyama (1B)
7Fuji (RF)7Morioka (SS)
8Oda (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Yoshimi (P)9Muranaka (P)

This is about as enthused as Muranaka gets.

This is about as enthused as Muranaka gets.

The Swallows were facing Chunichi ace Yoshimi, but luckily for them, he would continue his less than stellar 2013 form against the birds this evening.

After stranding two men in the 1st, the Swallows drew first blood in the 2nd. A single for Hatake and double for Morioka put two men in scoring position for Nakamura. And the catcher hit a fly ball to right for the first out of the inning, with Hatake waddling home from third to try and plate the first run. And he was beaten to home by the throw from right by quite some distance, but second-string catcher Oda couldn’t snag the ball and Hatake was home for 1-0 Tokyo.

Milledge warms up Jingu in the 8th

Milledge warms up Jingu in the 8th

And the lead was doubled in the 5th. Tanaka got on board with a one-out single, and then during Milledge’s at bat, Yoshimi left the game complaining of tightness in his right elbow. In came Okada, who walked Lastings to put two on. Balentien then hit one off the wall in left to score Tanaka from second and it was 2-0 Tokyo with men on the corners.  Unfortunately neither Iwamura or Hatake could extend the lead further as both grounded out tamely to end the inning.

And at 2-0 it stayed until the 8th, whereupon Tokyo put the game away for sure. A walk for Morioka and a Nakamura sac bunt put a man on second and in came pinch hitting chubster Nitta, who proceeded to hit one up the middle for a single to make it 3-0. Tanaka then hit to right to add another for 4-0, but  base running confusion befween Ueda and Tanaka ultimately ended up with Tanaka out at first for the second out of the inning with Ueda safe at second. Luckily next man up Milledge made it a laugher as he hit his third long ball of the year over the fence in left and it was 6-0 Tokyo.

All that was left was for Ishiyama to come in to work the top of the 9th, and despite giving up two singles he got the job done for a 6-0 Tokyo Final.

Game Notes

  • Muranaka’s final line: 8 IP / 140 P / 5 H / 4K / 4 BB / 1 HBP / 0 ER. The nearest he came to conceding a run was in the 7th, as with Yanagida on third, a fly out to right from Araki should have scored the runner from third, but Yanagida bottled the run home, as he retreated back to third despite Balentien’s throw home being WAY THE FUCK OFF. Nice work there Shigeo. Nice work.
  • Despite never looking truly convincing, Murunaka continues to keep lowering his ERA, which now stands at a very respectable 2.41. Just wish he would look a little more enthused. He approaches he job with all the enthusiasm of a man who gets to shoot young calves in the head at a veal factory. You are a professional starting pitcher on of only 12 pro teams in your nation. That’s a pretty cool job and history dictates that you can likely land a pretty hot TV reporter wife. SO CHEER UP KYOHEI. Please?
  • Tokyo’s results since April 17th: LLLLLWWWWWWLLLLWWW. Streaky much?
  • This was the Swallows 7th straight win at Jingu.
  • A Jingu which contained 9852 brave souls. And it was SOOOOOOOO VERY VERY COOOOOOOLD. (Fuck you wind!).
  • The season series between these teams is now tied at 4-4.
  • Tomorrow’s final game of the series before a day off on Thursday will see Akagawa start for the good guys with Cabrera on the mound for the mind numbingly boring guys.


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

  • Kozo

    In terms of the TV announcer wife thing, for those not keeping up with their BFSN, the team recently announced that Muranaka got married in late March to a woman 7 years his senior after a 6 year relationship.

  • So it looks like our man Shiroishi is not the worst third-base coach in the NPB after all…

  • Oogieball

    Now if we can only string together a winning streak not followed by a losing streak of equal or longer length, we’d be getting somewhere.