August 25th 2017, vs. Yokohama

August 25th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentNew Baystars Logo 2012Yokohama BayStars 8

Tokyo Swallows 6

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows dropped their opener against the BayStars after Buchanan had a bad inning and the Swallows offense ran out of time.

W: Ino (5-7); L: Buchanan (6-11); S: Yamasaki (20)
 BayStars Swallows
1Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)
2Tatsuhiro Shibata (2B) 2Kotaro Yamasaki (RF)
3Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4José Lopez (1B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)5Carlos Rivero (1B)
6Hiroki Minei (C)6Ryota Fujii (3B)
7Takayuki Kajitani (RF)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Shoichi Ino (P)8Taichi Hirooka (SS)
9Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)9David Buchanan (P)

I was away in the mountains of Oita away from civilization and a decent cell signal for two weeks. Now that I’m back in civilization and I’m catching up, there’s some comfort in knowing things haven’t changed.

The BayStars struck first in the third inning. After Buchanan got two outs he gave up a walk to Kuwahara and a single to Shibata to put men on the corners for Tsutsugo. The slugger delivered a double that scored two, but was thrown out trying to take third. 2-0 BayStars

The Swallows got one back in the fifth. Nakamura lead off the inning with a single and after Okumura whiffed, Buchanan bunted Nakamura over to second. The bunted worked as Nakamura was able to score on a Sakaguchi single. 2-1 BayStars

Buchanan had himself a solid outing through the first six innings 7 hits, allowed, 2 walks conceded, 2 strikeouts, and 2 runs allowed isn’t a bad line especially at 73 pitches. But as has happened often this season, Buchanan didn’t get much run support and he couldn’t quite finish.

The seventh inning opened with a walk to Kajitani and a Ishikawa grounder on a hit-and-run attempt effectively became a bunt. Buchanan then walked Kuramoto before he gave up back-to-back singles to Kuwahara and Shibata for a run apiece and a trip to the showers. 4-1 BayStars Nakazawa was brought out to face Tsutsugo and the result was a two-run double. 6-1 BayStars The Swallows promptly went with Ishiyama who gave up an infield single to Lopez before finally getting another out with a fly out from Miyazaki. Unfortunately, Ishiyama Couldn’t quite shut it down as he gave up a double to Minei. 8-1 BayStars

After the Swallows spotted the BayStars 7 runs the bats decided to come alive against the bottom half of the BayStars’ bullpen. Nakamura lead off the seventh with a triple and came home on an Okumura single. 8-2 BayStars Araki followed with a single and a Sakaguchi single brought home yet another run. 8-3 Swallows Yamasaki and Coco struck out back-to-back and Yamada was walked to load the bases. Unfortunately, Rivero couldn’t get any more runners home.

The Swallows got another pair of runs in the eighth when Nakamura singled and Araki homered. 8-5 BayStars

The BayStars brought out Yamasaki to close things down. After Omatsu went down to the young closer, Coco took a 3-0 pitch to a ride to left-center. 8-6 BayStars But that was as close as it got for the Swallows as they dropped their third in a row. 8-6 BayStars FINAL

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.