Oct 6th 2014, vs Yokohama

October 6th, 2014

Yokohama BayStars 6

Tokyo Swallows 7

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

This game was originally supposed to be the season finale, but a poorly-timed typhoon ended up scratching yesterday’s game and moving it to tomorrow.

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W: Nakazawa (1-0; 1.64 ERA)
L: Yamaguchi (8-5; 2.90)
S: Akiyoshi (3-4 5S; 2.28)

Things got off to a rough start, but as you can see they ended up going in our favor after Yamada stepped up to the plate a few times.

YokohamaOrderTokyo
Sekine (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Yanagida (SS)2Morioka (SS)
Gurriel (2B)3Kawabata (3B)
Tsutsugoh (LF)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Goto (1B)5Yuhei (CF)
Kajitani (RF)6Araki (LF)
Baldiris (3B)7Takeuchi (RF)
Kurobane (C)8Nishida (C)
Moscoso (P)9Ishiyama (P)

Ishiyama started off throwing meatballs, and Yokohama raced out to a big early lead. Yanagida doubled with one out, Gurriel did the same (Yanagida scored), and Tsutsugoh homered to turn things sour for the home fans.

0-3 Yokohama

Ishiyama settled down after that, keeping Yokohama off the board for the next four innings.

Tokyo stranded two runners in the bottom of the first and second, but the third would prove to be a more enjoyable experience. Kawabata doubled with one out and found home plate on Hatakeyama’s ensuing single. Two more runs scored on Yuhei’s follow-up jack to right.

3-3

Tokyo stranded three more runners with the bases juiced and only one out in the fourth. Kawabata was the victim of a nice grab in foul territory, but Hatakeyama did one of his typical, off-balance, lunging, “crap, I punched it straight up in the air again” jobbies to end the treat.

Ishiyama finally let a couple more runs come around, both unearned, when he failed to glove the ball while covering first with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the sixth.

3-5 Yokohama

But Yamada made sure that no more runners were stranded for the home team in the bottom of the eighth. In another bases loaded with one out situation, Yamada (already 3-4 at that point) worked a 3-0 count and then ripped the next pitch into the stands in left. BOOOOOOOOOMMMM!

7-5 Tokyo

It has been pointed out that hitting grand slams on a 3-0 pitch is quite rare.

Yokohama got an unearned run back in the top of the ninth with Akiyoshi trying to close things out for Tokyo. Kawabata committed a second fielding error at third, and Sekine ended up scoring on Kuwahara’s pinch-hit single.

7-6 FINAL

Tetsuto Yamada was the game hero because he both won the game and broke the single season hits record for a Japanese righty with 192 (a record that has stood since 1950).

Ishiyama did well to eat up six innings, but didn’t factor in the final decision. He threw 107 pitches, allowed five hits (one homer), struck out three, and walked four. He finished the season with a 3-8 record and an ERA of 4.53.

Yamamoto (3.55 ERA) and Nakazawa (1.64 ERA) kept Tokyo in the game with a scoreless sixth and seventh, respectively.

Kawabata had two hits to match his two fielding errors. He also GIDP’d in the bottom of the eighth to end a renewed threat after Yamada’s heroics.

The final game of the season is tomorrow night at Jingu Stadium. Ogawa will attempt to win the 10th game of his sophomore campaign. Additionally, it will be manager Junji Ogawa’s final game at the helm.

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