Sep 19th 2013, @ Yokohama

September 19th, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 2

Yokohama BayStars 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWWWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

Soto and Yagi engaged in an ugly bend-but-not-break pitching duel. Unfortunately despite giving up less hits than his BayStars counterpart, Yagi buckled a tiny bit and the Swallows offense wasn’t able to help him out.

W: Soto (1-3); L: Yagi (5-11); S: Sosa (16)

 Swallows BayStars
1Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)1Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)
2Shingo Kawabata (3B)2Nyjer Morgan (CF)
3Yasushi Iihara (RF)3Hitoshi Tamura (LF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Taketoshi Goto (1B)
5Ryoji Aikawa (C)5Takeyuki Kajitani (SS)
6Yuichi (Matsumoto) (1B)6Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)
7Nariaki Kawasaki (CF)7Sho Aranami (RF)
8Keizo Kawashima (SS)8Toshiki Kurobane (C)
9Ryosuke Yagi (P)9Enyelbert Soto (P)

Things started the game off with back-to-back singles by Hiroyasu and Kawabata to start the game. The obligatory bunt by Iihara left fist base open for Soto to walk Balentien. Soto took the opportunity and loaded the bases with a four pitch walk. Unfortunately, Aikawa wasn’t able to punish the move and grounded into a double play.

Yagi was not afforded Soto’s luck as a one out walk issued to Morgan came back to bite him immediately in the form of a Tamura RBI double. 1-0 BayStars

In the next inning Yagi gave up a lead off double to Aranami who advanced on a ground out to bring up Soto. Soto managed to put down a good enough bunt to squeeze Aranami in from third. 2-0 BayStars

Soto gave up three walks in the fourth to load the bases but the Swallows bats weren’t able to get the key hit to cash anyone in. On the flip side the BayStars weren’t able to cash in on a bases loaded situation of their own in the fifth inning.

The Swallows had another chance as Aikawa lead off the sixth inning with a single. But rather than have Yuichi swing his hot bat against Soto (BTW the lefty Yuichi was hitting .400 against lefties in limited ABs), the Swallows decided to ask the Brazillian to bunt. Yuichi awkwardly bunted the ball straight to the third baseman for a 5-6-3 double play. The double play actually ended Soto’s night and the BayStars went to their bullpen.

After six innings from Yagi the Swallows handed the ball to Roman to start the seventh. Roman gave up a one out single to Tamura who quickly came around to score on a Goto double for an extra run. 3-0 BayStars

The Swallows finally got on the board after Kawabata and Iihara got back-to-back singles to start the eighth. Two outs later a pinch hitting Yamada loaded the bases with a single of his own. The Swallows finally got a single to pay off as Miyamoto attacked a first pitch breaking ball and sent it up the middle to score two runs. 3-2 BayStars

Alas that was the end of the Swallows’ scoring. The Swallows managed two out back-to-back singles in the ninth but couldn’t cash them in. The Swallows out hit the BayStars 12 to 6 but the key difference is that each BayStars run was keyed by a double, whereas the Swallows got no extra base hits on the night.

Game Notes

  • Yagi plunked Morgan in the wrist in the fifth inning, and Morgan did not return to the game.
  • Both Kawabata and Iihara had three hit nights.
  • Balentien was held hit-less and went 0-for-3 with two walks and two Ks. He obviously made no dent in the RBI race against Blanco. Blanco is expected back in the BayStars’ lineup over the weekend.
  • The Swallows lost their 13th game to the BayStars this season ensuring their first a losing season against the team from Yokohama since 2009.
  • The Swallows will now travel down to Koshien for a Saturday to Monday, long weekend series against the Tigers.
Coco asks Ishikawa why Soto won't pitch to him.

Coco asks Ishikawa why Soto won’t pitch to him.


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.

  • Rob

    Morgan has a wrist injury? So he can’t ham it up with that silly “T” gesture after every routine fly ball?