Sep 1st 2013, vs Yokohama

September 1st, 2013

Yokohama BayStars 2

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 2       Last 5: LLWLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Ohbara (1-0-1); L: Ishiyama (3-2-2); S: Sosa (2-3-12)

Matsuoka started on the mound and Iihara led off for Tokyo, as the Swallows continue to mix things up bit by bit, looking for a win. No such luck.

 Yokohama Tokyo
1Ishikawa (2B)1Iihara (RF)
2Yamasaki (3B)2Ueda (CF)
3Morgan (CF)3Kawabata (3B)
4Blanco (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Kajitani (SS)5Yuichi (1B)
6Tamura (LF)6Aikawa (C)
7Aranami (RF)7Morioka (SS)
8Kurobane (C)8Yamada (2B)
9Kobayashi (P)9Matsuoka (P)
RPSoto, Fujie, Ohta, Ohbara, SosaRPYamamoto, Ishiyama

The Swallows gave Yokohama shortstop Kajitani a workout in the first. Iihara led off with a single, made it to second on a high-bouncing Ueda groundout to short. Kawabata then duplicated the placement for a base hit. Balentien then drove Iihara in with a sac-fly. 1-0 Tokyo.

The workout appeared to loosen Kajitani up, as he drove a Matsuoka forkball over the middle into the home fans for a solo home run. 1-1.

Yokohama broke the stalemate in the top of the ninth, when Blanco singled and was replaced by the fleeter Shirasaki. Kajitani then attempted a sac-bunt, but made it to first as Aikawa blew the throw. Koike grounded out, but both runners advanced. Aranami then walked to load the bases before a Tsuruoka sac-bunt drove in what would be the winning run. 2-1 Yokohama, Final.

No, no one really pitches to Coco anymore. No fun for us anywhere but in beer and comaraderie.

The Swallows go over to the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.

  • Michael Westbay

    I think Kobayashi put several over the plate in the first inning, and Coco was defeated by the wind blowing in from left.

  • Steve Novosel

    I still gotta disagree – in Coco’s ABs I watched this weekend there were several hittable pitches that he either watched go by or missed on, and he swung hard on a whole lot of pitches he shouldn’t have.

    They’re definitely pitching around him (as is not surprising for someone hitting 17HR in the past month) but it hardly seems like they are just trying to walk him every AB.

    • You’re both right. If nothing else, they’re at least getting him to swing at pitches he’s unlikely to hit, which is what pitchers are supposed to do. He’s not on record-setting walk pace, either.

      I’ll admit to enough bias to see every attempt to do anything other than challenge any Swallows hitter as a cop-out.

      To be even more fair, other than Coco, Tokyo has very little going for it. There could be a strategic argument made for walking him in every AB as a legit way of beating the Swallows, but I’d still cry fowl.