Sep 30th 2013, vs Yokohama

September 30th, 2013

Yokohama BayStars 6

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1       Last 5: WLTWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Everything was going just fine until Muranaka came down with a chronic case of the Blancos.

W: Tsuchiya (2-1; 7.88 ERA)
L: Muranaka (4-9; 4.94)
S: Sosa (2-4 19S; 1.54)

But Coco launched number 59 as a consolation prize for the home fans.

Ishikawa (2B)1Yamada (2B)
Yamazaki (3B)2Ueda (CF)
Kajitani (SS)3Kawabata (3B)
Blanco (1B)4Balentien (LF)
Tamura (LF)5Yuichi (1B)
Kinjoh (RF)6Matsui (RF)
Aranami (CF)7Morioka (SS)
Tsuruoka (C)8Nakamura (C)
Corcoran (P)9Muranaka (P)

The birds built a quick lead in the early stages with a two run Nakamura single in the second inning, and a solo blast from Balentien in the third.

3-0 Tokyo.

Number 59, Coco's latest readjustment to his own NPB home run record, landed up near the picnic deck.

Number 59, Coco’s latest readjustment to his own NPB home run record, landed up near the picnic deck.

But Yokohama cut into the lead in the top of the fourth on a potential double-play ball up the middle that Morioka booted for an E6.

3-1 Tokyo.

And then it was all Blanco, all over the place. With two outs and two men on in the top of the fifth, Muranaka allowed his third consecutive hit of the inning. Unfortunately for Muranaka, the guy in the batter’s box was Blanco. Muranaka served up something a little too juicy with the count at 0-2, and  there was never really any doubt that it was gone.

4-3 Yokohama.

Muranaka was allowed to stay in the game, and with one on and one out in the seventh, Blanco drove the first pitch he saw into the first few rows of bleachers in right field.

6-3 Final.

Two pitches, two homers, five RBI.

And Coco’s quest for the triple crown is just about over…

Muranaka took the loss and saw his ERA heave to 4.94 thanks to the six runs he surrendered over seven innings of work. He threw 120 pitches, struck out four, walked two, and allowed 10 hits.

Roman (4.40 ERA) and Kyuko (2.89 ERA) threw a perfect inning each of relief.

Kawabata and Nakamura both had two hits tonight with the former also contributing a walk and the latter bringing home Tokyo’s first two runs.

Tokyo’s penultimate home game of the season is scheduled for tomorrow night against Yomiuri. First pitch will be at 6PM.


  • Balentien’s round-tripper would have been a two-run shot if Kawabata hadn’t tried to stretch his single into a double. It didn’t work out well for the lad.
  • Yokohama won the season series against Tokyo 14-10.
  • The only team that Tokyo won the season series against is Chunichi (13-11).
  • Tokyo is now back to four games behind Yokohama in fifth place.
  • Balentien now trails Blanco by six RBI (128 to 134, respectively).
It's been that kind of year for Muranaka.

It’s been that kind of year for Muranaka.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Kozo

    In case you were wondering. The Swallows must win their remaining 6 games and the BayStars must lose their remaining 3 games for the Swallows to get fifth in the CL.

  • Kozo

    Also, the loss meant the Swallows went 10-10-3 for the month of September. Yet another month the Swallows failed to turn in a winning record. Although .500 is the best monthly win percentage the team has gotten in 2013.

  • Steve Novosel

    OK, you killed me with the image of a heaving ERA.

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