Jun 13th 2013, @ Fukuoka

June 13th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 4

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 11

Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL

(Fukuoka Yafuoku! [ed note: We didn’t make that up.] Dome)

The Swallows are now 15 games under .500 after losing their fifth game in a row. The rays of hope are few and far between. There’s something wrong with your team when you feel some moral victory after scoring 3 runs in an inning only to be down 2 runs…

W: Settsu (6-3); L: Muranaka (3-5)

 Swallows Hawks
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Akira Nakamura (RF)
2Ryosuke Morioka (SS)2Tu-Hsuan Lee (2B)
3Lastings Milledge (LF)3Seiichi Uchikawa (LF)
4Wladimir Balentien (RF)4Nobuhiro Matsuda (3B)
5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)5Yuya Hasegawa (CF)
6Shinya Miyamoto (3B)6Yuki Yoshimura (1B)
7Ryoji Aikawa (C)7Wily Mo Pena (DH)
8Shinichi Takeuchi (1B)8Kenta Imamiya (SS)
9Wataru Hiyane (CF)9Toru Hosokawa (C)
SPKyohei MuranakaSPTadashi Settsu

The Hawks got their first 2 runs from their first two batters via a walk and homerun from Nakamura and Lee. 2-0 Hawks

Muranaka gave up two more runs in the third off of two walks and a triple by Matsuda. 4-0 Hawks

Single runs in the fourth and fifth off of even more hits put the score at 6-0 Hawks after five innings.

With the bullpen ailing the Swallows decided to keep Muranaka in the game for 5 innings despite getting hit hard. Muranaka gave up 9 hits and 4 walks over his 5 innings pitched.

The Swallows got one back in the sixth inning. Yamada got a one-out single, stole second, and came home on a single by MIlledge. 6-1 Hawks

Shichijo came in to pitch the sixth inning and pitched the only perfect inning for the Swallows in the game.

The Swallows clawed back in the seventh with four consecutive hits to start the inning. Hatake and Miyamoto opened with back-to-back singles and Aikawa and Takeuchi followed with back-to-back doubles to score three runs. 6-4 Hawks

That glimmer of hope was quickly crushed in the bottom of the inning. Barnette came in to relieve Shichijo to face the heart of the Hawks’ order. Tony fell behind 3-0 to Honda, and Honda annoyingly fouled off an array of pitches before finally drawing a walk on pitch number ten. Uchikawa got his walk a bit quicker watching 4 out of 5 pitches to the outside of the plate get called a ball. The red hot Matsuda, who had three hits last night and came into the at bat with another three hits on the night, swung at the first pitch he saw and got just enough of the ball to get it past Miyamoto at third. Milledge charged the ball hard and threw to home trying to get Honda out at the plate. Unfortunately the ball sailed above Aikawa’s head (E7) and into the glove of Barnette covering behind home plate. Barnette immediately threw to second trying to get Matsuda out, but his throw was a little short and Yamada let it get past the base (E1), allowing another run to score and Matsuda to advance to third. 8-4 Hawks

Barnette got through the inning quickly thereafter, but the damage had been done. The two errors in the inning meant the Swallows extended their streak of games with multiple errors to 3. The runs allowed by Barnette snapped his streak of 2 appearances without giving up a run. Barnette has given up runs in four of his six appearances since returning from injury.

The offense never got on track afterwards and went six up and six down over the last couple of innings. The Hawks added insult to injury by knocking around Ishiyama for 3 runs (via an Uchikawa 3-run homer) in the eighth inning. 11-4 Hawks

The Swallows will now travel to Kansai to end yet another Interleague nightmare against Orix over the weekend. With a 6-15-1 record, the Swallows are already guaranteed a worse record than last year in which they were last with a 9-15 record.

Game Notes

  • Matsuda ended the night 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
  • With tonight’s win the Hawks also clinched their fourth Interleague championship.
  • Yamada and Miyamoto had multi-hit nights with two hits apiece.
Milledge's throw in the seventh misses the mark.

Milledge’s throw in the seventh misses the mark.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

    • Hokkaido chocolate

      If we get tsubakuro chasing passion around the field trying to get their clothes off to yakety sax, we could be .000 and I would still be happy.

      Make it happen!

      • Hokkaido chocolate

        I also think we need benny hill masks to take to the games

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