Oct 1st 2013, vs Yomiuri

October 1st, 2013

Yomiuri Giants 1FYG

Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: LTWLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Anan (1-0; 2.57 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (6-9; 3.52)
S: Yamaguchi (5S; 1.23)

After yesterday’s game effectively put paid to Tokyo’s slim hopes of a 5th placed finish (and more than likely Balentien’s hopes of the triple crown too), tonight’s loss finally made fact what we have all feared for most of the 2013 season: the Swallows will finish in the Central League basement.

Thus this season has now switched into “Waiting for Miyamoto’s Retirement Game” mode, after which we can all try to put the horrors of this year (minus Coco’s/Ogawa Junior’s exploits) out of our minds by ingesting as many hard drugs as we can find. Or perhaps that’s just me.

Ch*no (RF)1Yamada (2B)
Hashimoto (CF)2Ueda (CF)
Kamei (LF)3Kawabata (3B)
Murata (3B)4Balentien (LF)
Lopez (1B)5Ihara (RF)
Katoh (C)6Yuichi (1B)
Fujimura (2B)7Kawashima (SS)
Teramoto (SS)8Nakamura (C)
Anan (P)9Ishikawa (P)

In what was likely his final start of the season, Ishikawa pitched a decent eight innings of four hit baseball tonight, but alas the only run he allowed was not earned due to the go-ahead run initially getting aboard via Keizo Kawashima’s 9th error of the season in the 6th.

Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless top of the 9th in relief of Masanori. He did allow a single but also hit Murata in the ribs which was a bonus.

The Tokyo bats meanwhile struggled to get anything going during five innings of Yomiuri Z-List starter Anan (making his first start of the year) and four innings of A-List bullpen, managing just the four hits over the course of this one, all coming off the starter and they never mustered more than one hit in a single inning.

Game Notage

  • The last time the Swallows finished in 6th place was back in 2007 during the dark time that was Furuta’s final year as manager. Their record that year was 60-84-0. Their record as things stand with five games to play is 55-80-4.
  • Miyamoto’s retirement game is this Friday. There are a couple of games between now and then.

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