May 17th 2017, @ Yomiuri

May 17th, 2017

Tokyo Swallows 7

Yomiuri Giants 0

Streak: Won 1     Last 5: WLWLW

(The Stain Dome)

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W: Yoshinori (1-1 ; 2.61 ERA)
7 IP | 108 NP | 2 H | 5 K | 2 BB | 0 ER
L: Ohtake (4-2 ; 4.65)

Yoshinori pitched an absolute gem as he got his first win against Yomiuri in some six years, with Tokyo’s bats running wild at the stain dome.

 Tokyo Yomiuri
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Tateoka (CF)
2Fujii (3B)2Hashimoto (RF)
3Yamada (2B)3Sakamoto (SS)
4Yuhei (RF)4Abe (1B)
5Balentien (LF)5McGeheeheehee (3B)
6Ohmatsu (1B)6Ishikawa (LF)
7Nakamura (C)7Yoshikawa (2B)
8Yachi (SS)8Kobayashi (C)
9Yoshinori (P)
9Ohtake (P)
5 IP | 4 ER
RPLueke
1 IP | 2 K | 0 ER
Guilmet
1 IP | 2 K | 0 ER
RPIkeda
0.2 IP | 3 ER
Shinohara
1.1 IP | 0 ER
Sakurai
1 IP | 0 ER

The Swallows pounced on their opposition’s pitching from the off, with a Fujii double followed-up by RBI hits from Yamada (single) and the lava-hot Yuhei (double) to make it 2-0 Tokyo.

That lead was doubled in the 5th. Yuhei reached base for the third time in three attempts, with his second double of the evening, after which Balentien drew a walk to put two on. Ohmatsu then clubbed one off the top of the wall in right-centre, mere inches from banking three runs, but he had to make do with a two-run double to put the birds ahead 4-0.

Three more runs followed in the 6th, all coming with two outs on the board. Sakaguchi singled off reliever Ikeda before Fujii got a free pass to first on four straight pitches.  The one-two punch of Yamada and Yuhei once more brought a run home apiece with back-to-back singles to make it 6-0. Ikeda was then yanked for Shinohara, who promptly hit Balentien on his elbow guard (though he appeared to be in a fair bit of pain for a short while there) to juice the bases. The shaky reliever then walked Takeuchi to walk in what would be Tokyo’s final run, 7-0.

The pitching from Yoshinori and his bearded relief duo of Lueke and Guilmet kept the Yomiuri bats mostly quiet over the distance. Yoshinori looked as good as he has in years, allowing just two hits, both doubles, over his seven frames, with two two-out walks in the 4th representing his only real wobble of the evening.

The bearded twosome pitched perfect two strikeout innings in relief and we had ourselves a “Tokyo Dome games are almost never, ever like this…” 7-0 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • This was Yoshinori’s first win against our “esteemed” neighbours in some 2083 days (or about 6 years for all you fans of larger units of time out there). His previous (and only other) start this season aside (3.2 IP | 80 NP | 3 ER), given the stellar numbers he was putting up on the farm before returning to the top team, I’m hopeful he can make a positive contribution to the rotation going forward. I mean, it’s not like he’s ever let me down before now is it…? BUT HE’S JUST SOOOOO CUUUUUUTE!!!!
  • The Yamada rehabilitation continues, with two more hits and two RBIs with his average now creeping up to .239.
  • But never mind Yamada as at the moment it’s all Yuhei, all the time. Tonight he went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Over the last 10 games, he has 17 hits, 12 OF THEM BEING DOUBLES. My lord (is Tateyama by the way).
  • With Chunichi losing tonight once more, Tokyo are now three games clear of the CL basement, two games behind 4th place Yokohama, and three and a half back of Yomiuri in the third.
  • Tomorrow will see Ishikawa take the mound looking to build on his decent last start, and he will be facing off against some chump named Miyaguni.
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