May 6th 2015, @ Yokohama

May 6th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 2

Yokohama BayStars 4

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

The day started beautifully with clear skies and a light breeze in Yokohama. Unfortunately for the Swallows, the skies quickly turned gloomy and so did their fortunes as the road woes continued and they were swept in Yokohama.

W: Mishima (3-1)
L: Ishiyama (2-3)
S: Yamasaki (12)
 Swallows BayStars
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)
2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)2Hiroyuki Shirasaki (SS)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Takayuki Kajitani (RF)
4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)
5Takahiro Araki (LF)5José López (1B)
6Yasushi Iihara (RF)6Aarom Balderis (3B)
7Akihisa Nishida (C)7Taiki Sekine (CF)
8Naomichi Nishiura (SS)8Shuto Takajo (C)
9Taichi Ishiyama (P)9Kazuki Mishima (P)

Manaka made one change to the lineup compared to yesterday as veteran Iihara replaced Matsui. Shortstop Nishiura earned a second consecutive start in place of injured Ohbiki. The starting pitcher for the Swallows was Ishiyama, coming off six days of rest against Mishima for Yokohama.

In the bottom of the first inning after the Swallows went down in order against Mishima, Swallows starter Ishiyama was very fortunate not to fall behind early. After retiring the first two batters, Kajitani hit an infield single and advanced to second on Ishiyama’s throwing error. Tsutsugoh then followed with a sharp single to center. Despite the speedy Kajitani attempting to score from second on the single, centerfielder Ueda somehow threw him out at the plate to end the inning.

In the Swallows’ halves of the second, third, and fourth innings, the Swallows managed to advance runners into scoring position with less than one out. In all three innings, the subsequent batters struck out (IIhara in the second, Yamada in the third, Iihara again in the fourth) and golden scoring opportunities were squandered with nothing to show for them.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ishiyama was punished by Yokohama for walking the lead off man. After Kajitani walked and stole second, Tsutsugoh was retired on a flyout before ex-Gomiuri Lopez drove Kajitani home on a base hit. 1-0 Yokohama

Starters for both teams continued their not-spectacular but workmanlike pitching performances until the bottom of the sixth when Ishiyama was finally punished big time for leaving too many pitches up in the strike zone. Kajitani walked and reached base for the third consecutive time but was picked off my Ishiyama after falling asleep on base; one down. Tsutsugoh, Lopez, and Balderis then hit consecutive singles to load the bases and knocked out Ishiyama. Manaka then replaced starter Ishiyama with recently inconsistent Akiyoshi. Akiyoshi then proceeded to give up a base clearing double to Yokohama youngster Sekine and the game was pretty much finished at that point. 4-0 Yokohama

Not a team to be defeated easily this year, the Swallows quickly responded in the top of the seventh thanks to unexpected home run power. With two down, Ohbiki’s replacement Nishiura continued his impressive 2015 first team debut by singling to center. Pinch hitter Morioka then stepped into the batters box and blasted a pitch into the right field seats for his first homer of the season. With that one swing, the Swallows were quickly back into the mix. Despite the momentum shift however, Yamada stepped in and struck out. 4-2 Yokohama

The Yokohama bullpen then took over from the eighth inning and shut down the Swallow en route to a comprehensive 4-2 victory and sweeping the festive three game series.

The winning pitcher was Mishima, improving his record to 3 wins 1 loss. Ishiyama was the loser, dropping his record to 2 wins 3 losses. Yamazaki came in for the ninth inning to capture his central league leading twelfth save of the season.


Game notes

  • The Swallows road record fell is now woeful 5 wins, 13 losses.
  • The Swallows have only won road series this entire season when they won a series against Yokohama.
  • On the flipside, the Swallows are 12 – 4 at home including their designated home game in Matsuyama.
  • After two days off and recovering from this series, the Swallows are off to Akita to play Chunichi as the designated home team.
  • John McConnell

    In some lifetime I will follow winning teams. I’m actually studying up on reincarnation to try to influence my next life. Studying up might be too strong of a description. I read a couple posts on reddit a couple of months ago. But I decided that was the plan anyhow.

  • dr. no

    Well, that was a lost GW in Yokohama. At least the weather was nice for once. What was up with Yuhei this series? We only saw him pinch hit once.

    Also, if your #5 hitter is bunting, you have lineup problems… I’ve now seen the swallows have their #3 hitter bunt, their #5 hitter bunt and the #8 hitter bunt to get to the pitcher in my years here. all of these in person.

    • Kozo

      Yuhei had a bruised leg from being hit by a pitch in Sunday’s game.
      He couldn’t run but was available to pinch hit.