Jun 29th 2013, vs Yomuiri

June 29th, 2013

Yomiuri Giants 1

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WLWLW

(Kusanagi Stadium)

Tonight saw the two Tokyo residents face-off in a game not in Tokyo. Tonight’s contest took place a little farther south in Shizuoka, Japan.

W: Ogawa (8-2; 2.82) L:Sawamura (4-5; 2.57)
S: Yamamoto (10; 3.41)

Tonight looked to be a pitchers battle as both teams were sending out  a couple of their best starters; Ogawa for the Swallows and Sawamura for the giants.

Chono (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Kamei (RF)2Ueda (CF)
Sakamoto (SS)3Araki (1B)
Abe (C)4Balentien (RF)
Murata (3B)5Milledge (LF)
Bowker (1B)6Miyamoto (3B)
Takahashi (LF)7Morioka (SS)
Terauchi (2B)8Nakamura (C)
Sawamura (P)9Ogawa (P)

As expected, this was a bit of a pitchers battle. Both teams managed to get 7 hits off of the opposing starter. However, Tokyo was able to get out of this one with the win late.

The start of this one looked promising. Yamada lead off the bottom of the first with a single to left. Ueda then did his sac-bunt routine. However, Sawamura decided to throw the ball away and both Yamada and Ueda were safe, with Yamada moving to 3rd on the play. With runners on the corners, Araki then hit a grounder to Terauchi at 2nd. He fumbled it and everybody was safe, including Yamada at home. This gave the Birds a 1-0 lead with nobody out and runners on 1st and 2nd. Coco then strolled to the plate. However, he went down on strikes. The bad luck continued as Milledge hit into an inning-ending double play.

Neither team really threatened until the Giants did in their half of the 6th. Sakamoto and Abe went down for the first 2 outs of the inning. Murata then got on base with a single. Bowker followed with a shot to right-center that hit the top of the wall but stayed in play. Coco had misplayed the ball and Ueda had to make the throw back to the infield. By the time this happened, Murata had scored from 1st and Bowker was standing on 3rd. 1 – 1

Takahashi would ground out to end the inning.

The Birds would respond an inning later. Morioka would start things off with a walk. He was replaced on the bases by Kawashima. Kawashima promptly stole second base. Nakamura would hit a grounder to second and be out but he advanced Kawashima to 3rd. Up next was Ogawa. However, he was relieved of his bating duties (and thus his pitching duties) by Tanaka Hiroyasu. Our capitan coming in as a pinch hitter? Well it worked!! He hit a single to center easily scoring Kawashima from 3rd and giving the Birds the lead. Tokyo 2 – 1

Tanaka hits the game-winning hit!

Tanaka hits the game-winning hit!

That would be the final but not before Ishiyama pitched the 8th and Yamamoto the ninth. That gave Yamamoto his 10th save of the season.

Ogawa and Tanaka celebrate the win with baseball cupcakes!

Ogawa and Tanaka celebrate the win with baseball cupcakes!

Game Notes:

  • 21,449 were in attendance for this one
  • The game last 3 hours and 11 minutes
  • Surprisingly, Yakult now has a 4-3 advantage in this series; that includes 4 wins in a row
  • Ogawa pitched another gem; he is now 2-0 vs. the giants on the season
  • Milledge has now hit safely in 8 consecutive games
About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.