Apr 18th 2015, vs Yokohama

April 18th, 2015

Yokohama BayStars 0

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 3 Last 5: LLWWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Ishikawa scattered seven hits over seven innings in his strongest outing of 2015.

W: Ishikawa (1-2; 1.73 ERA)
L: Yamaguchi (2-1; 4.77 ERA)

And another big sixth inning for the Swallows bats meant that Ishikawa picked up his first win of the season.

BayStars Swallows
Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
Hiroyuki Shirasaki (SS)2Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)
Takayuki Kajitani (RF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)4Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
José López (1B)5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
Aarom Balderis (3B)6Shinichi Takeuchi (LF)
Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
Toshiki Kurobane (C)8Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
Shun Yamaguchi (P)9Masanori Ishikawa (P)

Ishikawa induced a bunch of ground balls during his 104 official pitches. He got into a couple of jams, for example he loaded the bases after getting the first two outs of the fifth, but he wiggled free as he so often does. He also mixed in six Ks while only allowing one walk. His ERA moved back to a very impressive 1.73.

And he got the run support he needed in the bottom of the sixth. Tanaka drew a two-out walk and Kawabata bounced an infield single to second on a 2-2 forkball that was low and away. Both runners scored on the next pitch when Yuhei sent a high fastball into left field for a double.

Hatakeyama then completed the rally with a long ball into the visitiors’ bleachers on a 3-1 heater from Yamaguchi.

4-0 Final

Nakazawa (1.93 ERA) and Roman (1-0; 1.17 ERA) teamed up to keep Yokohama off the board in the eighth, and Tokugawa (0.00 ERA) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tokyo will attempt to claim its first series sweep of the season when it sends Sugiura (0-3; 2.33 ERA) to the mound to chase his first win of 2015. He will face Mishima (1-1; 4.34 ERA), whose only win this season came against the Swallows in Yokohama earlier this month.

*Game Notes:

  • Yuhei had a great night at the plate going 3-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, 1B) with a pair of RBI.
  • Hatakeyama’s third home run leads the team. He was 1-3 at the plate with a walk and two RBI.
  • Takeuchi went 0-3 at the plate with a trio of Ks. It will be interesting to see if Manaka ever starts Takeuchi against Yamaguchi again.
  • Batters 1-5 in the Swallows’ lineup drew one walk each.
  • Ishikawa has now won at least one game 14 years running.

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