Archives for July 2009

7/31/09 — Chunichi (Home)

July 31st, 2009 Chunichi Dragons 2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Won 1    Last 5: WWLLW (Jingu Stadium) Tateyama tallied his second win of the month at home versus the Dragons, and the birds snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to some good fielding and clutch hitting.

7/30/09 — Hiroshima (Home)

July 30th, 2009 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 8 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 2     Last : WWWLL (Jingu Stadium) OK, here’s the deal: we need to buy a second farm team right now because there’s not enough competition for slots on the rotation, and the guys aren’t getting the game time that they […]

7/29/09 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 29th, 2009 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 10 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Streak: Lost 1     Last : WWWWL (Jingu Stadium) After starting the second half of 2009 with a surprisingly easy win last night, the Tokyo Swallows couldn’t hold on to an early-innings lead in game two of the series versus the Hiroshima Carp.

7/28/09 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 28th, 2009 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Streak: Won 4     Last : LWWWW (Jingu Stadium) Tokyo opened up their second-half campaign with an straightforward victory over the slumping Carp. Masanori Ishikawa replicated his quality performance from his last start in Hiroshima, going eight innings of two run ball off […]

The State of the Rotation

With the season now entering it’s second half, let’s have a look at how the Tokyo starting rotation is shaping up for the playoff push.

Tokyo's Imports: Aaron Guiel

Mr. Guiel is the senior non-Japanese player on Team Tokyo, and he’s had one hell of a first half. Teaming up with first baseman Jamie D’Antona in the middle of the Swallows lineup, he has provided sorely-needed stability and power to a team chock full of slap-hitters and base-swipers.

Tokyo's Imports: Hye-Cheon Lee

After striking gold with the acquisition of closer Chang-yong Lim in 2008, Tokyo again dipped into the South Korean talent pool and came away with a potential starter in Hye-cheon Lee.

Tokyo's Imports: Jamie D'Antona

Jamie D’Antona was on the verge of making an impact in MLB a little less than a year ago. Playing for the Diamondbacks, the hard-hitting corner infielder was slugging up a storm in triple-A Tuscon before finally getting a solid shot at the first team. He was routinely hailed as one of the snakes’ brightest […]

7/25/09 – All-Star Game 2 (Hiroshima)

Pacific League 7 Central League 4 (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) The All-Pacific team made sure honours were even for the 2009 All-Star games as they came out on top on a rainy evening in Hiroshima.

7/24/09 – All-Star Game 1 (Sapporo)

Central League 10 Pacific League 8 (Sapporo Dome) Norichika Aoki hit a 9th inning two-run homer that saw the All-Central team come from behind to snatch a late victory in Pacific League territory.