Aug 4th 2015, vs Yomiuri

August 4th, 2015

FYGYomiuri Giants 5

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLWWL

(Fukushima Stadium)

W: Mikolas (8-3 / 2.06 ERA); L: Tateyama (2-1 / 5.01); S: Sawamura (24 S / 1.79)

Though they tried gamely, Tokyo couldn’t quite find a solution to the walking cheeseball that is Miles Mikolas, as Tateyama was tagged with his first post-return loss.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
1Tateoka (CF)1Hiyane (CF)
2Kataoka (2B)2Kawabata (3B)
3Casstellanos (LF)3Yamada (2B)
4C***o (RF)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Abe (1B)5Yuhei (RF)
6Murata (3B)6Ohbiki (SS)
7Yoshikawa (SS)7Dening (LF)
8Kobayashi (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Mikolas (P)9Tateyama (P)

The last time the Swallows encountered Miles and his big fat sweaty American face he threw a complete game 104 pitch 2 hit shutout against them back at the end of June. Tonight they worked him much harder, making him throw 102 pitches over his 6 innings of work, putting up a run (Hiyane lead off walk, later brought home by a Hatake single to left in the 6th) off 4 hits.

Over the same span, Tateyama battled away giving up a run off two hits in each of the 3rd and 4th frames, 2-0 Yomiuri. After Tokyo’s one run 6th (2-1) things went a little awry for Shohei in the 7th, with a walk and two singles putting the opposition up 3-1. Tateyama left the game with one out and men on second and third, with Nakazawa coming in to put pinch hitter Takahashi on first with four intentional pitches low outside, before getting Hashimoto to harmlessly ground out to short with out number two being made at home.

With the bases still loaded, lefty Nakazawa was switched for the righty Matsuoka to face the similarly handed Kataoka, and he gave up a two run double, both charged to Tateyama to make it an altogether less appealing 5-1.

With the opposition starter now done, Tokyo now had a chance to try and pull it back against the sub-par Yomiuri bullpen. First up was Mathieson and his big fat sweaty Canadian face who, as always seems to be the case against the Swallows, sat down the side in order in the 7th.

They fared better against Yamaguchi and his big sweaty Japanese face, as a double from Hiyane, who reached third on a C***o error in right, and single to left from Kawabata pulled one back, 5-2.

And then in the 9th, facing Sawamura and his big ugly sweaty and oh-so-annoying Japanese face, doubles from Yuhei and a pinch-hitting Imanami made it 5-3. Takeuchi then came to the plate with two outs on the board and a chance to tie the game with one swing (with Barnette now warming up in the bullpen), but it wasn’t to be as he flied out to left field foul territory. 5-3 Yomiuri Final.

Game Notage

  • Tateyama’s final line: 6.1 IP / 93 NP / 7 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 2 HBP / 5 ER. If he had been pulled after six that line would have looked considerably better as, possibly, would the outcome. But hindsight’s a bitch and all that.
  • Yamada went hitless for the second straight game. Fear not as they will be back at Jingu for tomorrow’s game, and Tetsuto OWNS Jingu.
  • Not much more to say on this one really. Tomorrow will see Ogawa take the mound for your birds, facing off against bullpen arm Koyama who will seemingly be making his first start of 2015.

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