Jun 3rd 2013, @ Chiba

June 3rd, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 0

Chiba Marines 4

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL

(QVC Marine Stadium)

W: Nishino (6-1; 2.31 ERA)
L: Yagi (1-5; 2.95)

The Marines finally managed to defeat the 2013 Swallows at their fourth attempt. How embarrassing for them.

Yamada (2B)1Nemoto (2B)
Morioka (SS)2Kakunaka (RF)
Milledge (LF)3Iguchi (1B)
Balentien (DH)4Imae (3B)
Hatakeyama (1B)5Saburo (DH)
Iwamura (3B)6Ogino (LF)
Iihara (RF)7Suzuki (SS)
Nakamura (C)8Emura (C)
Hiyane (CF)9Ishimine (CF)
Yagi (P)SPNishino (P)

Only two innings of this one were of any note. First, in the 4th, Yagi gave up the Marines’ four runs off a whopping six hits, including a two run homer from Imae. 4-0 Chiba.

It took the Tokyo bats until the 5th until they managed a hit against Marines’ starter Nishino, and they didn’t manage another until the 8th, when they mounted their only offensive threat of the game.

One-out singles from Nakamura, Hiyane and Yamada loaded the bases. The Marines finally had to move to their bullpen as Matsunaga came in to face the pinch hitting Miyamoto. Alas Shinya could only hit a weak grounder to the pitcher and a 1-2-3 double play ended the inning, and effectively the game for the Swallows. 4-0 Chiba Final.

Emura dispatches his brother in the 8th. As exciting as this one got.

Emura dispatches his brother in the 8th – about as exciting as this one got.

Game Notage

  • Yagi’s final line: 4 IP / 76 P / 8H / 3 K / 0 BB / 4 ER. His record dropped to 1-5 with those 5 losses all coming since notching up his first win way back in March. That doesn’t tell the whole story though, as his still respectable ERA of 2.95 points to the chronic lack of run support that has blighted many of his (and so many other starters) outings.
  • Second year 24 Year old Ryohei Kiya made his top team debut in relief as he pitched three solid innings of two hit baseball in the 5th, 6th and 7th frames of this one.
  • Masaya Emura then came in to pitch the 8th, and he ended up facing his younger brother, catcher Naoya Emura. A menu of six straight fast balls led to the elder sibling triumphing as his wee brother grounded out to short.
  • Nothing much more to add to this one. Other than the Swallows took their Interleague season series against their eastern neighbours 3-1. Yippee. Do.
  • The Swallows get a day off with which to rub powdered viagra tablets into their bats, before hosting Rakuten at Jingu from Wednesday.
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