Jul 9th 2016, vs Chunichi

July 9th, 2016

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Streak: Lost 1      Last 5: LLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

After multiple injuries caused a 1,771 day vacation, Mr. Sato found his way back to Jingu Stadium. That’s right Yoshinori started his first top flight game since September 3rd, 2011, and while he made it through five full frames, he did not survive the sixth.

W: Wakamatsu (7-6; 4.06 ERA);
L: Yoshinori (0-1; 9.00 ERA)

Yoshinori put in strong performance and got the W back in 2011 on a rainy night at Jingu. Those were the days when Aoki was still playing center and Miyamoto was at third. Besides Yoshinori, there was one other starter from tonight’s game that was also in the lineup on September 3rd, 2011. Shingo Kawabata was playing short that night.

 Dragons Swallows
1Yohei Oshima (CF)1Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
2 Naomichi Donoue (SS)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Ryosuke Hirata (RF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Dayan Viciedo (1B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Ricardo Nanita (LF)5 Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Nobumasa Fukuda (3B)6Wladimir Balentien (LF)
7Anderson Hernandez (2B)7Akihisa Nishida (1B)
8Iori Katsura(C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Shunta Wakamatsu P)9Yoshinori (Sato) (P)

Tonight, however, he couldn’t handle the top half of the Chunichi lineup.

A Hirata sac fly in the top of the first scored the game’s first run.

0-1 Chunichi

Nishiura quickly erased the deficit though with a solo home run to left.


Yoshinori allowed a pair of base runners in the second but got out of the jam. In the third, however, Oshima collected another base hit and reached third on Yoshinori’s throwing error one batter later. Chunichi’s center fielder scored once again from third on a Hirata out, this time a grounder to second.

1-2 Chunichi

Nishiura scored again in the bottom of the third. He drew a walk and stole second. Yamada then got a free pass, and singled the 1-2 pitch to right which was enough daylight for Nishiura to score from second.

Still a bit rusty. A mound meeting to discuss the bases loaded no outs situation in the sixth.

Still a bit rusty. A mound meeting to discuss the bases loaded no outs situation in the sixth.


But that was the last time your birds were in this game.

Yoshinori’s best inning was the fourth when he allowed only one base runner and expended only 11 pitches. He allowed three in the fifth though and leaked another run in the process.

2-3 Chunichi

The wheels feel off the Yoshinori bandwagon in the sixth. His fourthpitch of the inning ended up in left field, and the next one landed in right. Hernandez flashed bunt a few times but eventually singled to right on the 2-2 pitch.

With the bases juiced and no outs, Yoshinori responded by walking Morino. The seven pitch encounter featured seven straight heaters and a moving bat but once (foul). Nanita strolled home from third.

Yoshinori finally got the hook after 94 pitches and 10 hits through 5 and 0/3 innings. He allowed six runs (five earned), struck out four, walked one, plunked one, and reportedly suffered zero blisters.

Kyuko took his place on the mound with no outs in the sixth and the bases still juiced.

Two pitches later, two more (inherited) runners came around to score on Fujii’s base knock to center.

2-6 Chunichi

Perez pitched a scoreless seventh, but Oshima tripled to start the eighth and scored for the third time Hirata once again brought him home, this time with a single to center. Hirata scored from second on Viciedo’s double to left.


Kawabata, Yamada, Yuhei, and Nakamura all had two base hits each. Unfortunately, they had just one RBI between them.

Sugiura takes the mound tomorrow from 5 PM. His opposite number will be Yoshimi.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini