Apr 12th 2014, @ Yokohama

April 12th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 5

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

Your Swallows looked to string together a pair of wins for only the second time so far this season, but a complete-game effort from Yokohama starter, Ino, was enough to overcome a ninth-inning Tokyo rally.

W: Ino (3-0; 3.52 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (0-1; 7.56)

For his part, Tokyo starter, Ishikawa, suffered a tough loss after his quality start of three earned runs over seven innings of work.

Yamada (2B)1Ishikawa (2B)
Imanami (SS)2Yamazaki (SS)
Kawabata (3B)3Kajitani (RF)
Balentien (LF)4Tamura (LF)
Yuhei (CF)5Tsutsugoh (3B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Baldiris (1B)
Yuichi (RF)7Aranami (CF)
Nakamura (C)8Takajo (C)
Ishikawa (P)9Ino (P)

Tokyo jumped out to an early lead with a little help from Yokohama’s shortstop. With runners on first and second, Balentien reached base safely on Yamazaki’s throwing error, and Imanari scored from second. Imanami hit a single in his first at-bat in a Swallows uniform, and Kawabata soon joined him in the dugout on Yuhei’s infield ground out.

2-0 Tokyo

But the birds didn’t threaten offensively for most of the rest of the game. Yokohama, on the other hand, started to chip away at Ishikawa. The tail end of Yokohama’s lineup (including the pitcher) reached base safely to start the bottom of the third inning, and after a successful sacrifice bunt, a sac fly brought lead runner, Takajo, home from third.

2-1 Tokyo

Ishikawa put in a solid day's work today.

Ishikawa put in a solid day’s work today.

Three innings later, Tsutsugo ripped the first pitch he saw into the bleachers with one out and a man on first.

2-3 Yokohama

Yagi came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, and he struggle from the get-go. A five pitch walk was issued to Yamazaki, and then he stole second on the 2-0 pitch. On the next pitch Kajitani laid down a very nice safety bunt that left both runners safe on the corners.

Yagi was able to strike out the next batter, but the runner on first moved over to second in the process (run and hit). The open base was then given to Tsutsugo (intentional walk) which brought up Baldiris. The birds brought in Roman for this matchup, his first day of top team work in 2014 after replacing Milledge on the active roster. Baldiris was able to pop the first pitch toward center in a manner that forced a fine diving save from Yuhei, but Yamazaki was able to tag up and reach home safely.

Next batter up, Aranami, doubled to right to bring an insurance run home. That last run would put the game just out of reach for the Swallows.

2-5 Yokohama

A second Yokohama fielding error allowed Kawabata to reach base safely with one out in the top of the ninth, and Balentien came out swinging. 0-3 at the plate up to that point, he whiffed on a high slider and fouled off a pair of heaters on the outside of the plate. Pitch number four, a forkball (?), took a beating.

One out later, Hatakeyama took a break from popping balls straight up in the air to give the away fans some hope of tying the game, but Yuichi struck out on three pitches to give Ino the complete game W.

4-5 Final

Ishikawa took the loss but this was arguably his best result of the season. He lasted seven innings and threw 98 pitches. He allowed three runs (all earned) off of seven hits (one round-tripper) with five Ks and no walks.

Both of the runners that scored on Roman’s watch were inherited, so Yagi gets tagged with those.

The series tie-breaker is scheduled for tomorrow at 1 PM.

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