Aug 21st 2013, vs Yomiuri

August 21st, 2013

FYGYomiuri Giants 3

Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Yagi (5-8); L: Miyaguni (5-6); S: Ishiyama (3-1-1)

Those are not typos. Tokyo defeated their erstwhile rivals (from a time when Tokyo was competitive) for the first time since June 29th.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Sakamoto (SS)1Hiyane (LF)
2Terauchi (2B)2Ueda (CF)
3Murata (3B)3Kawabata (3B)
4Takahashi (LF)4Balentien (RF)
5Chono (CF)5Yuichi (1B)
6Lopez (1B)6Morioka (SS)
7Bowker (RF)7Yamada (2B)
8Sanematsu (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Miyaguni (P)9Yagi (P)
RPTakagi, Fukuda, KatsukiRPFujita, Yamamoto, Barnette, Ishiyama

When Ryosuke Yagi was drafted back in 2008, his particularly unflattering profile photo left no greater impression than that his mother must have had a drinking problem. His pitching on the top team seemed to confirm that at times, but the kid is coming around. I take back anything unkind I said about anything other than his looks and admit that I was falling into the win trap.

In keeping with the theme of the season, Coco brought most of the runs to the party, beginning with a two-run homer (driving in Kawabata as he drove a high fastball into the ) two outs into the first. Odd inning – Hiyane, Ueda, and Kawabata all singled, but failed to advance the runner ahead of them. 2-0 Tokyo.

Ueda made Miyaguni question his fastball when he joined Balentien in knocking one out of the park in the third. 3-0 Tokyo.

Yagi started out with five Ks and no hits in the first 3 1/3 innings, not letting a man on until Terauchi doubled. An out later, Yagi walked Takahashi. Chono then hit an RBI double and Yagi walked Lopez.

Bases loaded. Yagi walked Bowker. Maybe I was too kind to the kid. 3-2 Tokyo.

In the fourth, Sakamoto fumbled a Morioka grounder. Ha! (I admit some of my dislike of Sakamoto stems from his idiotic fans’ aping of a life insurance commercial featuring him in their choice of his song – a crappy pseudo-rock song at that. You suck, Haya-chan!)

Morioka advanced to scoring position on a Yamada hit-and-run, then scored on a Nakamura single. 4-2 Tokyo.

 The Giants’ last run came in the fifth. Kamei singled, then Yagi struck out Sakamoto. (Ha!) Terauchi managed a double on a hit-and-run, then Kamei scored on a Murata sac-fly. 4-3 Tokyo.

With Takagi on the mound for Yomiuri in the fifth, Balentien led off with a solo homer. Number 44. 5-3 Tokyo.

Two outs into the sixth, Hiyane doubled and Ueda drove him in. 6-3 Tokyo, Final.

One shaky inning aside, Yagi pitched a solid five innings and showed he could strike out some Giants. Tomorrow night is a big night.

  • 佐藤 ユリ (Lilly)

    Thank you for the good coverage. Coco is a beast!

    That Giant’s logo.. we’re all not evil.

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