Aug 18th 2015, @ Yokohama

August 18th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 1

Yokohama BayStars 3

Streak:  Last 5: LLWLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

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W: Herrera (4-4 / 3.50 ERA); L: Akiyoshi (5-1 / 3.00); S: Yamasaki (31 S / 1.60)

Back-to-back solo home runs off Akiyoshi in the 8th inning were enough to break a 1-1 tie and win the game for the BayStars, as the Swallows dropped the fourth game in their last five.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Hiyane (CF)1Otosaka (CF)
2Kawabata (3B)2Yamashita (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Kajitani (RF)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Tsutsugo (LF)
5Yuhei (CF)5Lopez (1B)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Kuramoto (SS)
7Dening (LF)7Baldiris (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Minei (C)
9Yamanaka (P)9Kubo (P)

Yamanaka couldn't quite make it 7 for 7

Yamanaka couldn’t quite make it 7 for 7

Yamanaka was looking for his 7th win in his 7th start of 2015, and while he allowed a fair few men on base in his 6.1 innings, he battled gamely out of jams to keep Tokyo in the game and wasn’t involved in the final decision. Yamanaka’s line: 6.1 IP / 95 NP / 8 H / 1 K / 0 BB / 2 HBP / 1 ER, with his record remaining at 6-0 and his ERA now at 2.18.

Yamanaka’s solitary run allowed came off three 4th inning singles, Balderis with the third, bringing home a run for 1-0 Yokohama.

Tokyo’s bats were mostly nullified by Yokohama starter Kubo, along with an inning apiece from Herrera and Yamasaki. They managed just five hits over the distance, their only run coming from an unlikely source, a 6th inning two-out solo home run from Hiyane to make it 1-1.

They did have a couple of other chances though. In the 4th Yamada singled with two outs to register their first hit of the game, Hatake then hit one off the wall in left, Yamada was waved all the way home, only to be beaten fairly comfortably by the ball to the plate to end the inning. Then in the 7th, a two-out Yuhei double and Ohbiki walk put two on for Dening, but he could only ground out to second to strand the runners.

And so to the bottom of the 8th, where upon Kajitani hit one off Akiyoshi literally out of the stadium to right, and Tsutsugo piled on with another shot to right, this one of the slightly more modest variety and into the first few rows, and that was pretty much that. 3-1 Yokohama Final.

Game Notage

  • Tonight’s game was the first of Yokohama’s summer Star Night series of free shirts/fireworks. All three games seem to be sell outs. PEOPLE JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE SWALLOWS. Or free shirts. Or fireworks. Or beer.
  • After Yamanaka was removed with one out and a man on second in the 7th, Kyuko came in to get the lefty Otosaka to fly out to right before Akiyoshi came in to strike out the pinch-hitting Miyazaki to keep Yamanaka safe from any potential L.
  • The Swallows 6-8 spots in the lineup went hitless for the evening, as did Kawabata. Yamada was the only Swallows to manage two hits.
  • Tomorrow will see a pretty enticing Ogawa vs Miura pitching match-up. Hopefully the Swallows bats can find the juice they’ve been lacking these last five games.
About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD’S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto