Jul 2nd 2013, @ Yokohama

July 2nd, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 5

Yokohama BayStars 0

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WLWLW

(Hiratsuka Stadium)

W: Yagi (2-6 ; 3.22 ERA)
L: Mishima (2-4 ; 4.20 ERA)

Ryosuke Yaki pitched his first career complete game, making it a three-hit shut out just for good measure, while Lastings Milledge and Coco Balentien unleashed the big guns to sink Yokohama.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Yamada (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
2Ueda (CF)2Shirasaki (2B)
3Milledge (LF)3Morgan (CF)
4Balentien (RF)4Blanco (1B)
5Aikawa (C)5Nakamura (3B)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Tamura (LF)
7Araki (1B)7Aranami (RF)
8Morioka (SS)8Tsuruoka (C)
9Yagi (P)9Mishima (P)

The Swallows got on the board against rookie BayStars starter Mishima in the 3rd, as Milledge launched an outside slider over the fence and ultimately out of the stadium in left to make it 1-0 Tokyo.

Lastings gets things started in the 3rd

Lastings gets things started in the 3rd

And it was Lastings at the helm once more as Tokyo extended their lead in the 5th. Yamada got on board via a walk, setting the table for Milledge who clubbed a line drive over the fence once more in left for 3-0, which was lastings 9th long shot of the season.

Not to be outdone, Coco got in on the party in the 8th, following up an Ueda infield single with a towering fly ball that sailed over the fence yet again in left for 5-0.

Yagi meanwhile, seemingly delirious at getting decent run support for a change, pitched an absolute gem, going the distance while allowing just three scattered hits (in the 1st, 4th and 5th innings) and walking none. Jobs a good’n. 5-0 Tokyo Final.

Yagi finally got some reward for his toils

Yagi finally got some reward for his toils

Game Notage

  • Yagi’s final line: 9 IP / 130 P / 3 H / 8 K / 0 BB / 0 ER. Amazingly, it was his first win since his first start of the season way back on March 31st vs Hanshin on opening weekend, but he has been pretty much the unluckiest starter on the roster when it comes to run support. He (and indeed the team) looked overjoyed after the final out, and good on him. Good guys do win in the  end and my cockles are suitably warmed.
  • Balentien’s two run shot in the 8th was his 26th of the season, and it moved him ahead of Yokohama’s Tony Blanco in the home run king stakes.
  • Outside of Coco and Lastings two hits apiece, the Swallows’ other two hits came from Ueda and Miyamoto.
  • Tonight saw Ogawa finally re-insert Ueda into the starting lineup at centre, and just for the record, you’d just have to add Kawabata at short and this lineup, personnel-wise, is about as strong a group as the 2013 Swallows can field. I like the young trio of Yamada, Araki and Ueda, the veteran backbone of Miyamoto and Aikawa, the rising star that is Kawabata and the big guns and hustle (yes, the 2013 version of Coco is prone to hustling like a motherfudger) of Milledge and Balentien. And most importantly, NO FHATAKEYAMA. Please let this continue.
  • Tomorrow will see the teams return to the BayStars’ more traditional home of Yokohama Stadium, with *gulp* Furuno making his first career start for Tokyo against Yokohama’s Takasaki.


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

  • Kozo

    The big question now is how we re-integrate Hiroyasu Tanaka back into this lineup…

    • You know, I completely forgot about Hiroyasu. Which is a perfect illustration of just how marginalized he has become this season, and that’s a shame.