September 8th, 2016
Yokohama Baystars 3
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW
While many fans were following other CL games as they had championship implications, the Swallows and BayStars played a key game in their fight for the last CS spot. The Carp did not get their CL pennant tonight and the Swallows scrapped together a late run to salvage a win at Yokohama.
|W: Muranaka (6-3)
L: Tanaka (3-3)
S: Akiyoshi (16)
|1||Naomichi NIshiura (SS)||1||Masayuki Kwahara (CF)|
|2||Wataru Hiyane (CF)||2||Hiroyuki Shirasaki (3B)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||José Lopez (1B)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)|
|5||Atsushi Ugumori (RF)||5||Toshiro Miyazaki (2B)|
|6||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||6||Takayuki Kajitani (RF)|
|7||Takahiro Araki (1B)||7||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)|
|8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||8||Yasutaka Tobashira (C)|
|9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)||9||Kenta Ishida (P)|
Ishikawa came into Yokohama with a 10+ ERA over two games at the stadium by the bay. After pitching a perfect first inning, Ishikawa reverted to form in the second. Tsutsugo lead off the inning with a single and Ishikawa served up a walk to Miyazaki. Ishikawa got Kajitani to fly out but a single by Kuramoto loaded the bases. Tobashira followed with a single of his own up the middle to score two. 2-0 BayStars Ishida botched his sac bunt attempt for a second out, but Kuwahara reloaded the bases with a single. Ishikawa plunked Shirasaki in the butt to push in another run. 3-0 BayStars
Meanwhile the sophomore Ishida held the Swallows offense in check, never allowing more than a single runner in an inning through five innings. Ishikawa settle down and actually pitched perfect innings in the third and fourth. After getting two outs in the fifth Ishikawa was pulled after he gave up a single to Lopez and a walk to Tsutsugo. Matsuoka came in and got the last out.
Ishida gave up a lead off single to a pinch-hitting Sakaguchi to start the sixth. After Sakaguchi advanced to second on a Nishiura ground out, Hiyane singled to to put men on the corners for Yamada. Ishida got out of the pinch by getting Yamada to ground into a double play.
Muranaka came in to pitch the sixth. A lead off single to Kajitani was followed by a bunt to put a man on second with an out. Muranaka got Tobashira to fly out to bring up the pitcher’s spot. Despite only being on 86 pitches the BayStars elected to pinch hit for Ishida with Goto. With first base empty, Muranaka pitched around Goto and elected to face Kuwahara. Kuwahara obliged by grounding out to second.
With Ishida out the BayStars handed the ball off to their bullpen. First up was Kaga who got Coco to strikeout but gave up a single to Ugumori. The BayStars then send out the lefty Tanaka to face Kawabata, who was still looking for his first post-return hit. Kawabata got his first hit since July 13 with a single to center. Araki drove a ball along the right field line for a double to score Ugumori. 3-1 BayStars Nishida was up next and he flaired a ball along the same path Araki’s ball traveled for a two run double. 3-3 All Sakaguchi singled to right to make it four hits on four batters for Tanaka. Suda came in to face the top of the order and he got Nishiura to fly out for the second out. Yuhei came into the game for the first time since July 26 and managed to sky a shallow fly into no mans land in center for a go-ahead bloop single. 4-3 Swallows
The Swallows brought in Lueke in the seve
nth to face the heart of the BayStars’ order and he managed to get through 1-2-3 ending with a Tsutsugo strikeout.
The BayStars brought out Yamasaki in the eighth. Coco got a double off of Yamasaki to lead off the inning. Miwa came into pinch bunt and got the runner to third. Yamasaki was looking a bit wild and he walked Kawabata and Araki back-to-back to load the bases. Nishida couldn’t lay off of Yamasaki’s breaking ball for a strikeout but Sakaguchi drove a ball to center for an insurance run single. 5-3 Swallows
Lueke came out to pitch the eighth, but the control he displayed in the seventh escaped him as he walked Miyazaki and gave up a single to Kajitani. With two men on and no out the Swallows replaced Lueke with Kyuko. Kuramoto promptly lined out to second and Miyazaki was doubled off second for a DP. With most of the pressure off Kyuko got Tobashira out to protect the lead.
Akiyoshi nailed it down in the ninth to get the Swallows a W in Yokohama. 5-3 Swallows FINAL
- With the win the Swallows manage to shrink the gap to third to three games. The Swallows still have 4 head-to-head games against the BayStars left on their schedule.
- Despite only entering the game in the sixth, Sakaguchi managed to go 3-for-3 on the night.
- The Carp and Giants both won tonight putting the CL pennant magic number at 1. The Carp do not play tomorrow, while the Swallows will face the Giants at Jingu. Should the Swallows win the Carp will be left to celebrate their championship in a Tokyo hotel or something.
- Kyle Davies will square off against Kan Otake of the Giants in a one game series tomorrow.
- Prior to the game, as predicted, Ogawa was named CL Pitcher of the Month for August.