July 18th 2016
Tokyo Swallows 9
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows opened their post-All Star Game schedule at Jingu Stadium. The game was dubbed “Jingu Stadium Day” to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the greatest stadium in Tokyo.
|W: Ishikawa (5-5)
L: Kubo (4-5)
S: Akiyoshi (5)
|1||Masayuki Kwahara (CF)||1||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)|
|2||Elián (Herrera) (2B)||2||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|3||José Lopez (3B)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)||4||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|5||Toshiro Miyazaki (1B)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Takayuki Kajitani (RF)||6||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|7||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)||7||Takahiro Imanami (1B)|
|8||Yasutaka Tobashira (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Yasutomo Kubo (P)||9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)|
Ishikawa made his first start since the beginning of June and looked good as he started the evening by getting the BayStars to go down in order. The Swallows also went down in order to Kubo but a seemingly innocuous play ended up having major consequences. Kawabata fouled a pitch off of his right foot and eventually grounded out to second. While he came out on defense in the second, he was ultimately replaced by Miwa in the third. After the game Kawabata was diagnosed with a fracture of the right navicular bone and he left the stadium in crutches. His foot will have to be immobilized for 3-4 weeks and he will likely be out of action for all of August.
The Swallows got their first hit off of Kubo to kick off the third. Yamada blooped one into no man’s land that landed right in between the centerfielder, left fielder, and shortstop. Yuhei followed with a hard shot to first that was mishandled for an error, and Kubo loaded the bases by walking Balentien. Imanami struck out but Nakamura got a fly deep enough into left field to draw first blood on a sacrifice. 1-0 Swallows
Ishikawa ran into some trouble in the fourth as two runners got on after two quick outs including an inning extending error by Miwa. But the veteran southpaw got Kajitani to strikeout to end the threat.
The Swallows extended their lead in the bottom of the inning. Yamada got a clean single to lead off the inning and he stole second during Yuhei’s at bat. Yuhei flied out but Coco got issued yet another walk to put two men on for Imanami. Imanami delivered with single to score Yamada. 2-0 Swallows Nakamura followed with a double to score another run but the push stalled there. 3-0 Swallows
The Birds added more runs in the fifth. Yuhei and Balentien got back-to-back two out singles and Imanami cashed them in with a triple that got past a shallow outfield. 5-0 Swallows
Ishikawa gave up his customary homer to start the seventh inning. Miyazaki floated a fly ball that bounced off the foul pole for a run. 5-1 Swallows Ishikawa gave up a double to Kajitani but got out of the inning with a foul out and line out double play.
Lueke came in to pitch the eighth. He gave up an one out single to Sekine and Elian followed with a homer to deep center to put the BayStars within striking range. 5-3 Swallows Lueke managed to get one more out but walked Tsutsugo and Akiyoshi was brought in to finish the eighth. Akiyoshi got Miyazaki to fly out to end the threat.
Things got weird in the bottom of the eighth. Kosugi hit Nakamura for a free base to start off the inning. Ueda bunted Nakamura to second. Obiki got an infield single and Elian booted the throw to first allowing Nakamura to score. 6-3 Swallows Kosugi loaded the bases with back-to-back walks to Sakaguchi and Nishiura. Yamada came up with the bases loaded and Kosugi clearly got rattled. Kosugi uncorked a 1-1 pitch wide to Yamada that let the runners advance and a run to score. 7-3 Swallows With first base now open the BayStars decided to intentionally walk Yamada. Kosugi’s first IBB pitched sailed over the catcher’s head for yet another wild pitch to score a runner. 8-3 Swallows After the BayStars finally managed to walk Yamada, he promptly stole second. Yuhei capped off the scoring with a infield single to third. 9-3 Swallows
Akiyoshi pitched a perfect ninth to get the save because he entered the game in a save situation in the eighth. 9-3 Swallows FINAL
- Ishikawa’s final line was 7.0 IP / 1 R / 1 ER / 4 H / 1 BB / 5 K .
- Ishikawa has won all five of his home starts this season. (4 Jingu, 1 Shizuoka) Ishikawa has a very respectable 1.20 ERA while his road ERA is a 10.72.
- Yuhei dropped a hit between Kuwahara and Elian that both players charged. The resulting violent collision gave Yuhei a double but Kuwahara was removed from the field on a stretcher.
- Jingu Stadium Day was a sell out with an announced attendance of 30,032 people.
- Tomorrow’s game will feature Sugiura starting against Zack Petrick.