May 21st 2015, vs Yokohama

May 21st, 2015

Yokohama BayStars 3

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

What’s with Swallows-BayStar games that go long? The Swallows managed to break the BayStars’ 8 series win streak by taking the rubber match after 4:24 of hard fought baseball. The sayonara hero for the night was Hatake, who was involved with most of the Swallows’ scoring tonight.

W: Akiyoshi (3-0)
L: Kosugi (1-3)

 BayStars Swallows
1Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Hiroyuki Shirasaki (SS)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Shotaro Ide (RF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5José Lopez (1B)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Aarom Baldiris (3B)6Lastings Milledge (LF)
7Taiki Sekine (CF)7Takahiro Imanami (SS)
8Shuto Takajo (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Kazuki Mishima (P)9Yoshihisa Naruse (P)

The Swallows opened the scoring in the first after Yamada started off with four pitch walk and moved to third on a steal and ground out. Hatake cashed in Yamada with a poke single to right. 1-0 Swallows

Naruse cruised through the BayStars order once but ran into some big trouble in the fourth. Shirasaki kicked off the inning with a double and Tsutsugo became the first CL player to reach double digit homers with a blast right. 2-1 BayStars Lopez and Sekine followed with singles and Lopez got home on a deep double by Takajo. 3-1 BayStars

Hatake keyed the comeback in the sixth when he got a one out double and advanced to third on a Mishima wild pitch. Milledge got the deity home with a single to left. 3-2 BayStars Mishima proceeded to walk Imanami and Nakamura made him pay with a single to tie the game. 3-3 All

Milledge scores the game tying run.

Milledge scores the game tying run.

The game slowed down and both teams went through their bullpens. The Swallows got men in scoring position in the seventh, ninth, and tenth but couldn’t get the key hit to take the lead. Things weren’t looking great in the eleventh as Kosugi got two quick outs from the Swallows. Yamada came up and singled to center. Hiroyasu came in and followed with a single of his own. Finally Kawabata legged out a bouncer to third for a single to load the bases and set the stage for Hatake. Hatake skyed a foul that barely eluded the BayStars’ fielders and landed right in front of the BayStars’ bench. Spared the indignity of a foul out, Hatake followed with a drive the left that went over the head of a Tsutsugo who was playing shallow. 4-3 Swallows SAYONARA FINAL



Game Notes

  • The bullpen relay of Tokuyama, Roman, Ondrusek, Barnette, Kyuko, and Akiyama combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Which was barely shorter than the 5.2 innings thrown by Naruse.
  • Naruse looked good besides his bad fourth inning and came within an out of recording a quality start.
  • The Swallows will head down to Hiroshima for their last CL series before interleague. Ogawa will face off against Kuroda in game one tomorrow evening.
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.