Oct 3rd 2013, @ Yomiuri

October 3rd, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 2FYG

Yomiuri Giants 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLLWL

(Tokyo Dome)

The Swallows played a rematch of last Thursday’s game with Yagi and Houlton taking the mound at the Tokyo Dome. The kindness of a friend made me break a long standing NO TOKYO DOME rule. Unfortunately not even that kindness could overcome the misery that has invariably followed when I watch games in the Dome.

W: Houlton (9-4); L: Yagi (5-13);
S: Yamaguchi (6)

 Swallows Giants
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Hisayoshi Chono (RF)
2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)2Takayuki Terauchi (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Shinnosuke Abe (C)
4Yuichi (Matsumoto) (1B)4Shuichi Murata (3B)
5Yasushi Iihara (RF)5Yoshinobu Takahashi (LF)
6Jun Matsui (LF)6Jose Lopez (1B)
7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)7Hayato Sakamoto (SS)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8John Bowker (RF)
9Ryosuke Yagi (P) 9D.J. Houlton (P)

The Giants started more of their regulars tonight and drew first blood on a single-bunt-double combo off of Yagi to start the first inning. 1-0 Giants

The Giants widened the lead with a two-out single from Murata that scored Chono who had advanced to third after a lead off single. 2-0 Giants

The Swallows managed to catch Houlton in the fourth as they loaded the bases on a Kawabata walk and singles by Iihara and Matsui. Nakamura walked up to the plate with two outs and the bases juiced and delivered a liner straight into center to score two. Unfortunately Nakamura overran first base trying to get to second and got caught in a rundown. Matsui tried to get to home during the rundown, but the Giants caught him in a rundown instead. so while the Swallows managed to tie the game, they lost an opportunity to put more pressure on Houlton and the Giants. 2-2 All

The tie was short-lived as the Giants came back in the fifth inning as Murata punished Yagi for an Abe walk with a home run to score two. 4-2 Giants

The only other excitement for the Swallows came in the eigth as Kawabata and Yuichi got a two-out walk and single, and Balentien came up to pinch hit. With the game poised to change with a home run the excitement in the stale dome air was palatable. Nishimura kept throwing low and out of the zone and Coco swung through too many times and ended with a tension deflating strikeout. The strikeout also dropped Balentien’s bating average to .331, putting him behind a resurgent Tony Blanco (.334) in the category. The Giants cruised to victory thereafter. 4-2 Giants FINAL

The Swallows will play their last home game to a packed crowd at Jingu tomorrow. Kiya will take the mound against the Tigers who will be starting Randy Messenger. The game will serve as Shinya Miyamoto’s retirement game and will effectively end the season for many Swallows fans despite two away games scheduled afterwards.

Yagi left the mound midway through the sixth on his way to earning his league leading 13th loss.

Yagi left the mound midway through the sixth on his way to earning his league leading 13th loss.

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.

  • FLR

    Just got back to Japan….. Is the game tonight sold out? The Swallows online ticket website shows nothing available. Or, typically, will something become available at the box office tonight? 2 years ago I got back a day before the playoffs vs. the Giants and had no problem getting tickets for 2 of the games!

    • It’s sold out. In fact it sold out about a day after it was officially announced back in mid-September. Crazy eh.

      The box office won’t have anything available tonight either as far as I know. Sorry.