Aug 9th 2017, vs. Yokohama

August 9th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentNew Baystars Logo 2012Yokohama BayStars 7

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Wieland (6-2)L: Umeno (0-1)

Rookie righty Yugo Umeno made his top team starting debut, but the alas the prevailing song of 2017 remained the same as the Swallows were downed by the BayStars.

 BayStars Swallows
1Kuwahara (CF)1Sakaguchi (RF)
2Shibata (2B)2Yamasaki (CF)
3Tsutsugo (LF)3Balentien (LF)
4Lopez (1B)4 Yamada (2B)
5Miyazaki (3B)5Rivero (1B)
6Tobashira (C)6Fujii (3B)
7Kajitani (RF)7Nakamura (C)
8Wieland (P)
6 IP | 1 ER
8Okumura (SS)
9Kuramoto (SS)9Umeno (P)
3 IP | 5 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 1 ER
2 IP | 0 ER
2 IP | 0 ER
2 IP | 2 ER

The 18 year old 2016 3rd round draft pick got off to a decent start, with a grounder to short => K => fly out to right 1-2-3 1st inning. After that though, the Yokohama bats, and later rookie nerves took over. Umeno gave up three runs in the 2nd (a 2RHR from Tobashira inflicting most of the damage), before losing his control in the 3rd, an ugly inning (despite being of the hitless variety) which saw five men get free passes to first as well as two damaging wild pitches thrown in for good measure, all to the tune of two more runs. To Yugo’s credit, that 3rd inning could have been much worse, and he did hang in there to complete the half inning without the Yokohama lead getting too gaudy.

Umeno’s final line: 3 IP | 73 NP | 3 H | 2 K | 6 BB | 5 ER.

Other than that, the two Tokyo runs came from a 2nd inning Rivero solo homer, and a 9th inning consolation run (Sakaguchi with the RBI).

Oh yeah, and Naruse.

Tomorrow’s rubber match will see Hoshi start for the birds, with the ‘Stars countering with Imanaga.

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