Jul 15th 2013, @ Yokohama

July 15th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 3

Yokohama BayStars 4

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LWWLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

Ishiyama can’t hold a one run lead in the eighth, and Yagi was dealt another no-decision despite pitching a good game.

W: Osada (1-0); L: Ishiyama (1-1) S: Sosa (7)

 Swallows BayStars
1Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)1Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)
2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)2Noriharu Yamazaki (SS)
3Lastings Milledge (LF)3Nyjer Morgan (CF)
4Wladimir Balentien (RF)4Tony Blanco (1B)
5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)5Norihiro Nakamura (3B)
6Shingo Kawabata (3B)6Shotaro Ide (LF)
7Ryoji Aikawa (C)7Tatsuhiko Kinjo (RF)
8Keizo Kawashima (SS)8Kazunari Tsuruoka (C)
9Ryosuke Yagi (P)9Hiroshi Kobayashi (P)

(I had written a more extensive report but it got lost to a browser crash. Don’t rely on auto-saves, and save your work often! I will try to re-add some of the statistical insights I had found in the comments later.)

Both starters pitched strong games through 6 innings. Yagi had given up 3 singles and an intentional walk while collecting 7 Ks though the first 6 innings. BayStars’ starter Kobayashi gave up just 2 singles to Captain Hiroyasu (starting for the first time since June 16) and 2 walks while collecting 6 Ks through his first 6.

The Swallows finally got to Kobayashi after getting down two outs to him in the seventh. Kawabata and Aikawa got off a single-double combo, and Kobayashi semi-intentionally walked Kawashima to get to Yagi. Yagi managed to provide his own run support with a single to score Kawabata. 1-0 Swallows Tanaka followed with his third hit of the game to score 2 more runs. 3-0 Swallows

However, Yagi also faltered after getting two outs in the seventh. Back-to-back singles by Ide and Kinjo put two men on with two out. With the runners running on contact the two men scored with relative ease following a Tsuruoka double. 3-2 Swallows Yagi did manage to get out of the inning with the lead and his 127 pitches thrown meant he had to hand off to the bullpen.

Ishikawa was called on to pitch the eighth. His first pitch became a Ishikawa double, and his second pitch lead to a sac bunt. His fifth pitch, to Nyjer “I have a 1.260 OPS against the Swallows” Morgan, landed in the right field stands for a home run. 4-3 BayStars

Thus ends the story of another Swallows loss.

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.