May 4th 2016, @ Yokohama

May 4th, 2016

Tokyo Swallows 2

Yokohama Baystars 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWWWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

W: Ishida (2-1 ; 3.72 ERA)
L: Arakaki (1-1 ; 5.11)
S: Yamasaki (5 S ; 2.61)

Tokyo were frustrated by the BayStars of Yokohama as their five game win streak came to a halt.

 Tokyo Yokohama
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Sekine (RF)
2Kawabata (3B)2Otosaka (LF)
3Yamada (2B)3Kajitani (CF)
4Balentien (LF)4Lopez (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Kuramoto (SS)
6Taq (1B)6Shirasaki (3B)
7Ohbiki (SS)7Ishikawa (2B)
8Nakamura (C)8Tobashira (C)
9Arakaki (P)9Ishida (P)

Arakaki started for the birds, and actually pitched a little better than in his season debut last week (6 IP | 4 ER) giving up 3 ER in 6.1 IP. Unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t have a freakish early offensive inning to help him out and he would ultimately be tagged with his first loss of the year.

Things started well for Arakaki and the Swallows though, as he kept the ‘Stars hitless through the first three innings. The Tokyo bats meanwhile created chances against Yokohsma starter Ishida in both the 3rd and 4th frames, and should have taken the lead.

In the 3rd a two-out walk for Sakaguchi was followed up by a Kawabata single to put men on first and second with Yamada up next. Tetsuto also singled to left, but Sakaguchi was given the go sign at third and was soundly beaten home by the throw from left, meaining instead of juiced based for Balentien, it was inning over.

Then in the 4th, a Yuhei double and Ohbiki single put men on the corners for Nakamura who hit a dribbler to short, the throw was made to second with the umpire’s verdict being an inning-ending out at that base. Ohbiki disagreed instantly, as did Manaka, who came out to protest the decision, but to no avail as the birds remained scoreless.

Arakaki gave up a run in the bottom of the 4th via an Otosaka double and Kajitani single, 1-0 Yokohama, and then one more in the 6th, Kajitani triple and Lopez sacfly, 2-0.

In the 7th, another extra base hit, this time a double from Tobashira, meant Arakaki got the hook, but Nakazawa allowed a single in relief, scoring the runner to make it 3-0.

The Swallows would finally get on the board in the 8th against ‘Stars reliever Mikami. A Sakaguchi walk, Kawabata double up the right field foul line, and Yamada walk loaded the bases for Balentien. Coco bought a run home on a sacfly to right, with Kawabata advancing to third on the throw, 3-1. Yuhei then singled to right to bring home another, 3-2, leaving men on the corners for Tanaka, who was making a rare start at first. Alas Hiroyasu could only manage to ground out to short and the Swallows remained one run short.

And though they put a man on with two outs against closer Yamasaki, it would ultimately come to nothing for a 3-2 Yokohama Final.

Game Notage

  • Arakaki’s final line: 6.1 IP | 5 H | 3 K | 3 BB | 3 ER.
  • After Nakazawa got the final two outs in the 7th, Muranaka worked a dicey 8th (2 H | 1 BB) but somehow escaped with the deficit still at one (also Lopez probably shouldn’t be waved around third from second on a fairly shallow single to left).
  • Tomorrow’s rubber match will also be a 1pm start, with Ishikawa taking on Sunada on the mound.

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