Jul 20th 2015, @ Yokohama

July 20th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 8

Yokohama BayStars 6

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Arakaki (3-8)
L: Kubo (7-5)`
S: Barnette (1-0, 22S)

The offense exploded for 17 hits, Arakaki won for the first time in since mid-June, Lord Hatake returned from injury and the Swallows moved up to third in the (pitiful) Central League standings. Not a bad day at the office.

 Swallows Baystars
1Hiyane (CF)1Kajitani (RF)
2Kawabata (3B)2Matsumoto (CF)
3Yamada (2B)3Miyazaki (2B)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Tsutsugoh (LF)
5Yuhei (RF)5Lopez (1B)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Baldiris (3B)
7Dening (LF)7Kuramoto (SS)
8Nakamura (C)8Kurobane (C)
9Arakaki (P)9Kubo (P)

The Scoring

First inning:

  • Manaka’s flavor of the month Hiyane singled to center
  • Kawabata’s doubled to left, Hiyane scored.
  • Yamada then singled to make it runners on first and third with nobody out.
  • Lord Hatake grounded into a doubleplay, Kawabata scored. 2-0 Swallows

Second inning (offensive explosion):

  • Ohbiki singled to right
  • Mitch Dening walked, runners on first and second, nobody out.
  • Hot hitting Nakamura hit a bloop single to left, bases loaded nobody out.
  • Usually absolutely woeful with the bat, Arakaki, SINGLED TO CENTER!!! Ohbiki and Dening scored, Nakamura to second base. 4-2 Swallows
  • Hiyane grounded into a fielder’s choice, Nakamura advanced to third.
  • Kawabata fouled out to third.
  • Yamada singled to center 5-2 Swallows
  • Hatakeyama singled to center 6-2 Swallows
  • Yuhei singled to left 7-2 Swallows
  • 5 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk in total for the Swallows

Fifth inning: Yuhei singled to center and later came around to score on the other Yuhei (Nakamura)’s single to right. 8-2 Swallows

Although Yokohama scored in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to make it interesting, the Swallows won. 8-6 Final Swallows Win


– After missing five games through injury, Lord Hatake went 1-4 with a single and reached on an error.

– Arakaki tied a season high by giving up five earned runs but came out with a win. (Still not close to making up for all the good starts he had and receiving no support on offense.)

– Yokohama’s four game winning streak came to an end, as well as their time in first place. Unfortunately, the Giants are back in first place.

– Yuhei is really good with kids, maybe a little too good: in the seventh inning, Yokohama third baseman Baldiris hit a flyball that was dropped by Yamada. Thinking that it was a foul ball, Yuhei graciously gave the ball to a kid in the stands not knowing that the ball was still in play. Result of the play: Baldiris to second on Yamada’s error (E-4), advanced to third on Yuhei’s error (E-9), and a small child in the stands was left wondering what the hell happened 🙁

– Tomorrow’s starters: crafty veteran and longtime Swallows nemesis Miura for Yokohama, Ogawa for Tokyo.