Jul 16th 2013, @ Yokohama

July 16th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 1

Yokohama BayStars 13

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Mishima (3-5 / 3.93); L: Muranaka (4-6 / 4.14)

Starter fails to go deep into the game, bullpen gets pounded leading to a couple of big innings while the bats misfire. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. WELCOME TO 2013 SWALLOWSUPERJOYLANDO!


 Swallows BayStars
1Tanaka (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
2Ueda (CF)2Yamazaki (SS)
3Kawabata (3B)3Morgan (CF)
4Balentien (RF)4Blanco (1B)
5Milledge (LF)5Nakamura (3B)
6Hatakeyama (1B)6Ide (LF)
7Nakamura (C)7Kinjo (RF)
8Kawashima (SS)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Muranaka (P)9Mishima (P)

Tokyo’s slightly re-jigged lineup crafted a chance in the top of the 1st against Mishima. A one-out double to centre from Ueda, and a walk for Coco one out later put men on the corners for the new no.5 Milledge, but he could only strike out looking.

Then in the 2nd, a walk for the seemingly rejuvenated Tanaka and a single to right for the streaking Ueda put men on the corners with no outs for Kawabata. And SHINGO hit a grounder to short, with Yamazaki slightly bobbling his take, meaning the out was only made at second leaving Kawabata to occupy first first and the score at 1-0 Tokyo. Balentien then cracked his bat flying out to short for out number two which brought up Milledge, with Lastings flying out to centre to end the inning.

After holding the Yokohama bats hitless over the first two frames Muranaka, on his return to the rotation (desperate times and all that), came unstuck in the 3rd. A two-out single for Yamazaki, a single for Ishikawa, and a walk for 2013’s Norihiro Nakamura aka Swallows Kryptonite aka Nyjer Morgan loaded the bases for Tony Blanco. And Blanco hit to right to bring home two for 2-1 Yokohama.

In the 4th, a two-out double and a walk put two on for Ishikawa, but he lined out to Muranaka to escape the jam. And that would be that for Muranaka, as he was replaced with Ihara in the top of the 5th on offence.

And so with Muranaka gone, the bullpen was tasked with trying to keep the score close over the last five innings in order to leave the door open for the bats to get back in the game. And anyone who has watched the Swallows much in 2013, or reads this site on the regular knows that that just wasn’t going to happen.

swallows-aargh-baseballFirst up was Matsuoka in the bottom of the 5th, and a Tanaka error, a dead ball and a walk loaded the bases with no outs for Nakamura. He hit one up the middle for 4-1. In came Kiya and a single and another hit batter brought home another run for 5-1. A sac fly then made it 6-1 as the Swallows got the first out of the inning. Yay. A bunt from pitcher Mishima then put two men in scoring positions with two outs for Ishikawa, and he hit to the wall in right, with a fine jumping catch from Coco ending the inning. But the damage was already done.

After Kiya pitched a scoreless 6th, Mishima was replaced with Takasaki on the mound in the top of the 7th. And the Swallows had a bit more luck against the sometime starter, as two two-out singles from Tanaka and Ueda put men on the corners for Kawabata. Takasaki was gone with Ohhara coming in to get Shingo to hit a grounder into his glove and the threat was snuffed out.

In the bottom of the 7th, a ghost of crushingly-average-bullpen-past Kousuke Matsui took the mound for the first time this season. And he, as he has tended to do for most of his career, proceeded to further stink up the joint. Two singles and a pinch hit Aranami double (courtesy of one of those seemingly random Milledge fielding miscues in left) made it 8-1. Another single followed and it was 9-1. But the joy kept flowing as a Swallows Kryptonite double, the sixth hit of the inning and twelfth of the game, then made it 10-1. 

In came Emura with two men in scoring positions and still just the one out on the board to face Blanco, and he hit a lucky flyball, that just fell fair just out of reach of a sliding Balentien which brought home two for 12-1. A Nakamura hit put men on the corners once more, STILL WITH JUST THE ONE OUT. A Sacfly for the second out and 13-1 followed before Kinjoh, the ELEVENTH MAN TO THE PLATE in the inning, flew out to short to end the eight hit seven run inning.

Next up was Abe in the 8th, and despite giving up a lead off double, he sat down the next three in order.

And that my friends, was pretty much all for this particular shit sandwich. 13-1 Yokohama Final.

 Game Notage

  • Muranaka’s final line of ultimate joy: 4 IP / 79 P / 3 H / 3 BB / 1 HBP / 2 ER, which doesn’t look that  bad, but the way his control was deserting him in the latter half of his innings, it could have got ugly if he’d continued. 
  • Wait, it got ugly anyway. Okay then, should have made him pitch a complete game and give the ‘pen a rest. However I’m not sure rest is what this pen needs. Maybe hard drugs would do the trick? Yomiuri brand coke and hookers? Tasers? I’m willing to try anything at this point.
  • The Swallows got outhit 15-7. Ueda was the only standout, going 3 for 4.
  • Aggregate scores over the current three game losing streak: 29-8
  • One more game before the AllStar break. Thank fuck.
  • That game will feature Akagawa starting for Tokyo.
  • I wish to waste no more of my life writing about this abomination of a ballgame.
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