Sept 18th, 2017 @ Yokohama

September 18th, 2017

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Yokohama Baystars 4

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL

(Yokohama Stadium)

Once again, the Swallows failed to win two in a row and wasted a decent start from David Buchanan.

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W: Mikami (3-3); L: Kondo (2-4); S: Yamasaki (25)
 Swallows BayStars
1Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)1Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)
2Ryota Fujii (3B)2Tatsuhiro Shibata (3B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4José Lopez (1B)
5Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)5Takayuki Kajitani (RF)
6Shoitsu Omatsu (1B)6Hiroki Minei (C)
7Naomichi Nishiura (SS)7Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Joe Wieland (P)
9David Buchanan (P)9Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)

After their dramatic championship-delaying come-from-behind victory in Hiroshima, the Swallows were looking to ride the momentum to their first back-to-back wins since they swept the Dragons IN THE END OF JULY.

David Buchanan was out on the mound after skipping a few starts with a bruised pinky. He had a bit of a wobbly first where he gave up two singles but he managed to get out of the inning unscathed.

The Baystars got their first run in the second without a single hit. Kajitani walked to start the inning and promptly stole second. Minei grounded out to first which allowed Kajitani to make it to third. Ishiyama hit a fly ball deep enough into left field to score the opener on a sac fly. 1-0 Baystars

In the top of the third, Yamasaki drew a one out walk, and after Fujii flied out to left Coco came up to bat. Balentien was in the midst of a eight game homerun drought but he got all of Wieland’s 3-1 fastball and sent the ball literally out of the park. 2-1 Swallows The homerun marked the sixth time in seven seasons that Balentien reached the 31 homer mark, but he’s only gone beyond 31 once.

A lead off homer by Jose Lopez in the bottom of the fourth tied the game up. 2-2 All

Buchanan pitched two more scoreless innings before he handed off to the bullpen.

Kondo came in to pitch the seventh and gave up a lead off walk to Otosaka. Kuramoto brought Otasaka home on a run-and-hit with double that split the outfielder in left. 3-2 Baystars

The Baystars got an additional run off of Akiyoshi in the eighth as Minei hit the Baystars’ 7500th franchise homerun. 4-2 Baystars

As has often been the case this season Swallows’ bats didn’t really threaten in the latter half of the game. A Nakamura single in the seventh was the last baserunner the Swallows managed to get on the night. 4-2 Baystars FINAL

Notes

  • Tonight’s game was the last game these two teams will play against each other this season. The Baystars handily won the season series 8-17, despite dropping the season opening series 2-1 to the Swallows.
  • The Swallows next game will be at Jingu on Wednesday night against the Dragons.
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.