Sept 10th 2014, @ Yokohama

September 10th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 0

Yokohama BayStars 2

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Yamaguchi (7-3 ; 2.91 ERA )
L: Sugiura (0-1 ; 3.00 ERA)

Rookie Toshihiro Sugiura impressed on his pro-debut, but alas it was all in vain as the Swallows were embarrassingly blanked by a BayStars starter for the second straight game.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Yamada (2B)1Kajitani (RF)
2Morioka (SS)2Yamazaki (SS)
3Kawabata (3B)3Gurriel (2B)
4Balentien (LF)4Tsutsugo (LF)
5Yuhei (RF)5Blanco (1B)
6Hatakeyama (1B)6Ishikawa (CF)
7Ihara (RF)7Baldiris (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Kurobane (C)
9Sugiura (P)9Yamaguchi (P)

Encouraging stuff from the rookie

Encouraging stuff from the rookie

This time it was the turn of  Shun Yamaguchi to pitch a complete game shut out, with Tokyo again managing just four hits over the stretch. Their only real chance of the game came in the 7th, as back-to-back singles for Kawabata and Balentien put men on the corners with no outs, but a Yuhei fly ball to the catcher and Hatake double play snuffed out the Swallows chance for their first run of the series.

Suguira meanwhile deserved much better. After giving up a lead-off homer to Kajitani, just as Narveson had the night prior, he settled down superbly, striking out 9 and allowing no walks over his 6 innings of work. After the 1st, he allowed a triple in the 3rd, and a double and single in the 6th cost him his second and final earned run of the evening. His final line was 6 IP / 88 P / 4 H / 9 K / 0 BB / 2 ER, which I’m sure you’ll agree, is all kinds of encouraging.

After Toshihiro departed, Nakazawa loaded the bases with one out in the 7th, before Yamamoto came in and escaped via a double play. Matsuoka worked a perfect 8th, but with the bats so quiet that was all she wrote for a 2-0 Yokohama Final. Tonight marks the 7th time this season that Swallows were shut out over the distance.

Yokohama now lead the season series by an incredible 15-6.

Tomorrow will see Ishikawa take the mound for the birds, praying for the impotent Swallows bats to find a bit of wood.

Sugiura returns to the bench after the 6th inning

Sugiura returns to the bench after the 6th inning

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

  • Featherman

    What channel are the damn Baystars games on?

    • They’re on TBSチャンネル2 on SkyPerfect. On my box it’s CH617.

    • Kozo

      The BayStars also officially stream all of their home games on Nico Nico.