Archives for April 2011

4/30/11 – Hanshin (Away)

April 29th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Hanshin Tigers 6 Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: WWWLL (Koshien Stadium)   One bad inning and the bend-but-don’t-break pitching of the Tigers cost the Swallows the game. The Swallows debuted their much speculated Whitesell/Hatakeyama lineup, with Hatakeyama getting the start in left and Whitesell making his return to […]

4/29/11 – Hanshin (Away)

April 29th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 Hanshin Tigers 4 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL (Koshien Stadium)   Tokyo’s magnificent run of good form finally came to an end as they ran into a very effective starter in Kubo. This game saw some interesting switches within the lineup as Miyamoto and Aikawa both had […]

4/28/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 28th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 0 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Won 4 (Unbeaten in 11)   Last 5: DWWWW (Shizuoka Kusanagi Stadium)   Tateyama pitched a second consecutive shutout, and the Swallows offense handed rookie Sawamura his first professional loss. In the top of the first inning Wakiya hit a 1-out single to center, […]

4/27/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 27th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Won 3 (Unbeaten in 10)   Last 5: WDWWW (Shizuoka Kusanagi Stadium)   The Swallows looked to even the season series at two games apiece against their crosstown rivals. Laboring through a rain-delayed Shizuoka night, the Swallows showed that yesterday was no fluke. Lineup: […]

4/26/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 26th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 Streak: Won 2 (Unbeaten in 9)   Last 5: WWDWW (Shizuoka Kusanagi Stadium)   After bouncing back from an 0 and 3 start to occupy first place in the CL, the Swallows enter a week that will be a litmus test for their credentials of […]

The Monday Review #1

Welcome to the Monday Review, in which we’ll look back at the week that was and look ahead to the week that will be. We hope a recurring weekly review column will help readers identify some trends that can’t be covered in a single game report. We’re still trying to work out the format, so […]

4/24/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 24th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: WWWDW (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) The Swallows made it out of Hiroshima without losing any of the fixtures in the series, taking their unbeaten streak to eight games, and are, for the moment, in first place. (I […]

4/23/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 23rd, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6 Streak: Tied 1      Last 5: WWWWD (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) The Swallows managed to eke out a tied in a game they had no business winning. Both pitchers were making their first starts of the season.   The Swallows’ managed to score […]

4/22/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 22nd, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0 Streak: Won 5      Last 5: WWWWW (Mazda Zoom Zooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom Stadium) Whisper it. Things are going well. Very well indeed. Aoki (CF) Tanaka (2B) Yuichi (LF) Hatakeyama (1B) Balentien (RF) Miyamato (3B) Kawabata (SS) Kawamoto (C) Yamamoto (P) Most of this one this […]

4/21/11 – Chunichi (Home)

April 21st, 2011 Chunichi Dragons 0 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Won 4   Last 5: DWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium)   Tateyama makes up for his last start, and Balentien gets the shaving cream treatment, as the Swallows sweep the Dragons.   The Swallows keep tweaking the 3-spot/left field portion of their line up, choosing […]