Jul 15th 2014, @ Yomiuri

July 15th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 3FYG

Yomiuri Giants 4

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LLLWL

(Tokyo Dome)

W: Some Dick
L: Barnette (2 L; 5.00 ERA)

The coaching staff needlessly attempted to ride a superb Ishiyama start an inning too far, and as a result, a comfortable victory was converted to the shit sandwich of a sayonara extra-innings loss.

Yamada (2B)1Sakamoto (SS)
Kawabata (1B)2Hashimoto (CF)
Balentien (LF)3Ch*no (RF)
Yuhei (RF)4Abe (C)
Iihara (CF)5Lopez (1B)
Morioka (3B)6Anderson (LF)
Nakamura (C)7Murata (3B)
Kawashima (SS)8Kataoka (2B)
Ishiyama (P)9Koyama (P)

Ishiyama pitched a sublime first seven frames of this one, allowing just two hits while striking out seven.

The bats meanwhile, while not as trigger happy as the night prior, scored with relative ease against orange starter Koyama.

In the 2nd, Ihara stretched a single to a double, as he challenged Anderson in left and won. He was brought home by a Nakamura single one out later for 1-0 Tokyo.

Yuhei made it 2-0 in the 2nd, as he crushed one into the orange chimps in the right field stands, before Yamada led off the 5th with a solo shot of his own, this time to left which made it 3-0.

That 5th inning would ultimately prove crucial, as the Swallows missed a chance to ice the game then and there. Following Yamada’s homer, a Kawabata single, Balentien fly out, Yuhei walk, and Ihara single loaded the bases with one out. Koyama was yanked for Katsuki to face Morioka, but the recently hot infielder could only hit a grounder back to the pitcher, outs were made at home and first and the three potential insurance runs were wasted.

And so we reach that fateful 8th inning. Ishiyama let us remember, made the first start of his career just two weeks ago, after pitching long relief against Chiba a week or so before that. His last start came last week against Chunichi. In all three of those instances, Ishiyama pitched exactly 5 innings, and threw no more than 87 pitches. He also, for what it’s worth, was yet to register a win in his first two starts.

In tonight’s game, after throwing 80 pitches in 7 innings that we have already established were excellent, the sensible thing to have done would have been to sit him down with his confidence sky high, and give the bullpen two complete innings with which to bring him home a much deserved win. But alas Ogawa thought differently.

So out he came for the bottom of the 8th, and things started okay as he got Kataoka to quickly fly out to centre for out number one. Alarm bells started to murmur as he hit Kamei with the first pitch, an inside fastball, and then intensified as he walked Sakamoto to put two on, but Ogawa did not budge from his seat. A single then loaded the bases before a sac fly from Ch*no made it 3-1. Finally the switch was made as lefty Emura came in to face the piggy overlord himself, but he was pitched around to load the bases once more. In came Carpenter to face serial pinch-hitting annoyance Takahashi, and the large-headed idol of gurning drones everywhere hit one up the right field foul line which stayed fair to score two to tie the game at 3-3.

Carpenter escaped the inning with the scores still tied, after which he worked a scoreless 9th, with Kyuko and Akiyoshi pitching scoreless 10th and 11th frames respectively.

On to the bottom of the 12th we go then, which saw Tony Barnette come within an out of shutting this one down, but two (in fairness fairly lucky) singles were enough to bring in the winning run for 4-3 Orange Scum Final.

Ishiyama. Deserved better.

Ishiyama. Deserved better.

Game Notage

  • Ishiyama’s final line: 7.2 IP / 90 P / 3 H / 7 K / 2 BB / 1 HBP / 3 ER. However, if he had been removed after 7 frames, it would have read: 7 IP / 80 P / 2 H / 7 K / 1 BB / 0 ER. Either way, he was pretty darn good, and has now booked his slot in the rotation going forward.
  • After the game it seems Ishiyama was more concerned with his failure to execute bunts with men on base in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings.
  • I don’t want to think about this game any more. The hurt runneth deep.
  • Tomorrow will see Chris Narveson trying to bring home the series win for the birds. He will face some chunt named Sug*no.
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