April 8th, 2010
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Tokyo lost its first series of 2010 to the hapless Carp on the back of a dominating pitching performance by Hiroshima youngster, Maeda.
Nothing, I repeat–nothing, happened on offense for the birds in this game. Only Tanaka had a multi-hit game while D’Antona and Guiel reached base care of a combination of hits and walks.
Meanwhile, Ishikawa (6.05 ERA) gave up seven hits and four earned runs while sinking to his third straight
To add insult to injury, Tokyo was blanked for the first time this season. Hiroshima, on the other hand, scored one run in the fifth and three in the seventh. 4-0 Hiroshima.
And that was the whole game.
For the record, Maeda gave up only four hits in his eight innings of work. He pitched an amazing game considering how cold it was (I’m looking at you, Kozo).
And that’s the end of a relatively successful home stand for the Tokyo Swallows. Starting tomorrow, the birds begin a 14 game road swing that will see them tested in every way, shape, and form.
Will they still be above .500 when they return?