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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 – Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 2 (May 20, 2011)

by on May.20, 2011 @ 4:01 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Tokyo Yakult Swallows vs Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles @ Kleenex Stadium - 18:00
Potential Starters: Yoshinori Sato (YAK) 4-1, 1.80 - Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) 2-1, 1.66

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yakult 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
Rakuten 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 7 0

Attendance: 15314 | Rakuten leads series, 1-0-0 | Time: 3:15

Yakult

Hitting (LOB: 9, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(CF) Aoki, Norichika 2-for-5, 1 R 1: 1B, 3: 1B, 5: SO, 7: SO, 9: G3
(2B) Tanaka, Hiroyasu 1-for-2 1: S1, 3: S1, 5: 1B, 7: G4
(DH) Whitesell, Josh 0-for-4 1: SO, 3: SO, 5: SO, 8: SO
(1B) Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro 1-for-4, 1 RBI 1: 1B, 3: L5, 5: SO, 8: G1
(RF) Balentien, Wladimir 1-for-4 1: F8, 4: SO, 6: SO, 8: 1B
(3B) Miyamoto, Shinya 2-for-4 2: 1B, 4: F7, 6: 1B (SB), 8: G4
(C) Aikawa, Ryoji 1-for-3 2: SO, 4: HBP, 6: F9, 9: 1B
PR Fukuchi, Kazuki 0-for-0
(SS) Kawabata, Shingo 1-for-4 2: SO, 4: 2B, 6: G3, 9: F8
(LF) Iihara, Yasushi 0-for-2 2: SO, 4: SO
PH-LF Matsumoto, Yuichi 0-for-2 7: SO, 9: SO

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Sato, Yoshinori, L 8 122 31 26 7 0 5 2 1 1 1 0 2 2 1.884
8 122 31 26 7 0 5 2 1 1 1 0 2 2

Rakuten

Hitting (LOB: 5, DPs in: 3rd, 6th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(CF) Hijirisawa, Ryo 0-for-2, 1 R 1: BB (SB), 3: G6, 5: HBP (CS), 8: G5
(2B-SS) Matsui, Kazuo 2-for-4 1: SO, 3: 2B (BrO), 6: F8, 8: 1B
(3B) Kusano, Daisuke 2-for-4 1: 1B, 3: F6, 6: 1B, 8: SO
(DH) Yamasaki, Takeshi 1-for-3 1: BB, 4: 1B, 6: DP, 8: G6
(LF) Nakamura, Masato 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI 1: S7, 4: G5, 7: 1B
(SS) Masuda, Shintaro 0-for-2 1: F7, 4: SO, 7: S1
1B Hiraishi, Yosuke 0-for-0
(RF) Tsuchiya, Teppei 1-for-3, 1 RBI 2: G4, 4: F9, 7: 2B (BrO)
(1B) Yokogawa, Fuminori 0-for-2 2: SO, 5: F8
PH Takasu, Yosuke 0-for-1 7: G1
PR-2B Uchimura, Kensuke 0-for-0 7: (SB)
(C) Nakatani, Jin 0-for-3 2: G4, 5: SO, 7: L1

Pitching

Player Name IP NP PA AB H HR SO BB HBP SH WP BK R ER ERA
Tanaka, Masahiro, W 9 143 37 34 9 0 15 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 1.548
9 143 37 34 9 0 15 0 1 2 1 0 1 1

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Recap

Scoring Summary

Top of the 1st - 1 run, 2 hits
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Aoki hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt by Tanaka. Whitesell strikes out swinging. Hatakeyama hits an RBI single to right, runner on first. Balentien flies out to center.

Bottom of the 1st - 1 run, 1 hit
Yoshinori on the mound for Yakult
Hijirisawa walks. Matsui strikes out swinging. Hijirisawa steals second. Kusano hits a single to center, runners on first and third. Yamasaki walks, bases loaded. Nakamura hits a sac fly to left, runners on first and second. Masuda flies out to left.

Bottom of the 7th - 1 run, 2 hits
Yoshinori on the mound for Yakult
Defensive changes: Yuichi takes over in left.
Nakamura hits a single to center and advances to second on a sac bunt. Teppei hits an RBI double to left, runner on second. Takasu, pinch-hitting for Yokogawa, hits a grounder to the pitcher, Teppei gets thrown out running the bases, runner on first. Uchimura enters the game as a pinch-runner for Takasu. Uchimura steals second and advances to third on a throwing error (E2). Nakatani lines out to the pitcher.

Missed Opportunities

Top of the 3rd
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Aoki hits an infield single and advances to second on a sac bunt by Tanaka. Whitesell strikes out swinging. Hatakeyama lines out to third.

Bottom of the 3rd
Yoshinori on the mound for Yakult
Hijirisawa grounds out to short. Matsui hits a double to center. Kusano flies out to short and Matsui gets doubled off second.

Top of the 4th
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Balentien strikes out swinging. Miyamoto flies out to left. Aikawa gets by a pitch. Kawabata hits a double to right, runners on second and third. Iihara strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 4th
Yoshinori on the mound for Yakult
Yamasaki hits a single to center. Nakamura grounds out to third, runner on first. Runner advances to third on a wild pitch. Masuda strikes out swinging. Teppei flies out to right.

Top of the 6th
Tanaka on the mound for Rakuten
Balentien strikes out looking. Miyamoto hits a single to right and steals second. Aikawa flies out to right. Runner advances to third on a wild pitch. Kawabata grounds out to first.

Notes

Tanaka and Yoshinori have now faced each other 3 times and Tanaka is 2-1 in those starts.

Yakult: Hatakeyama's family (from Hanamaki, Iwate) were at the game. ... Yoshinori topped out at 156km/h. He also invited Izumi Saito's (斎藤泉) parents to the game. Saito was Yoshinori's battery mate during high school and he lost his life during the March 11 earthquake / tsunami.

Rakuten: Tanaka recorded a career high 15 strikeouts (his previous high was 13).  All of Tanaka's victories this season (3) have been complete games, giving him 20 over his career.  Seems he also promised to give Nagai the winning ball after he found out Nagai's wife gave birth to the couple's first kid today.