5/30/12 – Hokkaido (Home)

May 30th, 2011

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 10   Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Records we’d care not think about looming in the ether, the Swallows hosted their colleagues from Sapporo – a team that looks even better than their 26-19-2 record would show. How went the new lineup’s upset?

W: Yoshikawa (6-2); L: Akagawa (3-4); S: Takeda (1-1-7)

Miyade and Iihara starting? This is like VH-1.

 Hokkaido Tokyo
1Itoi (RF)1Milledge (CF)
2Koyano (3B)2Tanaka (2B)
3Tanaka (2B)3Kawabata (SS)
4Nakata (LF)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Inaba (1B)5Iihara (RF)
6Yo (CF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Kaneko (SS)7Miyade (LF)
8Tsuruoka (C)8Aikawa (C)
9Yoshikawa (P)9Akagawa (P)

As we’re used to, the Birds’ opponents got on the board first. Akagawa gave up a single to punk-ass chubby hick Nakata (yes, I realize that describes a fair few ballplayers), then walked Inaba, saw Yo “successfully” sac bunt, then gave up an RBI single to Kaneko. 1-0 Hokkaido.

Fighters’ starter Yoshikawa struck out a passel of batters in the first few innings, but also gave up four hits in the first two, which gave our side hope, but not runs.

The bottom of the fourth got exciting when Tokyo loaded the bases to bring up Akagawa with two outs. It went as you would expect.

Akagawa pitched seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Hidaka took over in the eighth.

Blah, blah, blah. 1-0 Hokkaido, Final.

We await a reply to our request of University of Tokyo Mathematics Department to calculate the number of consecutive losses incurred in this streak.

On the upside. . .

Hmm. . .

Nope. Not baseball-wise. I got some steaks in the mail from The Meat Guy, though. And I have some Tama no Megumi beer. Kozo’s getting in shape, David is breaking records on Elevator Action DeathParade, Scott is spending more quality time with his family, Christopher is organizing his closet. All of this needs to stop.


  • Augusttime

    I blame all this on Miley Cyrus.

  • Baseball Oogie

    This is beyond grim. I’m starting to fear checking the site every day…

  • First time the Swallows have endured 10 straight losses since 1973.

    The “games held to a run or less” streak (8) has now equalled the team record from 1970.

    The overall record loss streak for the Swallows is 16, also from 1970. So there’s something to aim for.

  • Rob

    It’s only correlation, but things only flew off the rails when Aikawa came back, no? Nakamura’s last start was the tie in Akita, then Aikawa started and Tateyama lost in Akita and it’s been mostly dark since then. I’m not blaming him and you can’t put an entire team’s stinkage on one guy, but it looks like his return was the inflection point.
    Or was it Akita? Not that Akita’s not a nice place and all.

    I’m kidding about Aikawa and Akita, but I’m about to reach Anger in the five stages of grief and I’m looking for someone to blame so I can hit the ground running.

  • MooreyTokyo

    Let’s cut the bullshit and get to the point.  Where do you get the Tama no Megumi beer from? Have to head all the way out to their brewery shop? Or is there a more convenient way?

  • FLR

    Was the relatively large crowd, esp on the Swallows side, due to the ceremony with Miyamoto? 

  • Highwaythe3rd

    And to add insult to severe injury the gang and I couldn’t get one of those Miyamoto hats, even by trolling.

  • FLR

    Yeah, we usually have a few rows to ourselves high up near 1st base. 

    Regarding Ballentien, any speculation why he didn’t even pinch hit? I think he would have been a better choice on one or two occasions. Especially in the ninth.

    • Pittpen10

      Ballentien was not available because he was sent to their minor league on Tuesday.