Online Yakyu Writer Insights: NPB Moving Forward?

Tokyo Swallows fans witnessed it all in 2010: the resumption of the 2009 slump which ended up consuming the first two months of 2010; a change in manager; the addition of a cleanup bat; veteran pitchers refinding their form; an authoritative return to winning; and a bit of flirtation with the third and final playoff spot. With any luck, 2011 […]

Eve of Climax Series Stage One

The Yomiuri Giants are about to take on the Hanshin Tigers in the first stage of theCentral League Climax Series, and it will hopefully be one for the ages. While it still burns a bit that the birds couldn’t get over that last hurdle, it will be enjoyable to watch a Climax Series involving three […]

10/10/10 – Hiroshima (Home)

October 10, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL (Jingu Stadium) This is the way the season ends Not with a bang but a whimper. With apologies to to T.S. Eliot, that’s the way things went. While Chiba notched their second close win over Saitama to advance […]

10/9/10 – Hiroshima (Home) [Rained out]

October 9, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows Hiroshima Toyo Carp Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WWLWW (Jingu Stadium) Rained out – make up tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.

10/8/10 – Yomiuri (Away)

October 8th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 Yomiuri Giants 4 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WWLWW (Tokyo Dome) Tokyo wins! Not that it matters at this point, but there’s still pride at stake anytime our men venture into Mordor . From the Shire: Aoki We like the way you wear your socks, Kawamoto. Kawabata Hatakeyama […]

10/6/10 – Hiroshima (Home)

October 6th, 2010 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tateyama started his third game in a row against the Carp. He managed to keep the Hiroshima bats at bay and gave another stellar performance. The starting lineup: Fukuchi LF Tanaka 2B Hatakeyama 3B D’Antona […]

10/5/10 – Hanshin (Home)

October 5th, 2010 Hanshin Tigers 17 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Oh dear. Let’s keep this short shall we? Okay, it’s a deal. Aoki (CF) Fukuchi (LF) Hatakeyama (3B) D’Antona (1B) Ihara (RF) Tanaka (2B) Morioka (SS) Fukukawa (C) Nakazawa (P) With Hanshin still chasing 2nd […]

10/3/10 — Yokohama (Home)

October 3rd, 2010 Yokohama BayStars 1 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Won 2    Last 5: WWLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) With little more than pride and a couple of personal records for Aoki at stake, the Tokyo Swallows hosted the Yokohama BayStars for the final time in 2010. With all the talk of Yokohama’s possible […]

10/2/10 — Chunichi (Away)

October 2nd, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Chunichi Dragons 2 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LWWLW (Nagoya Dome) The Tokyo Swallows beat the first place Chunichi Dragons, but were knocked out of playoff contention with Hanshin’s whupping of Hiroshima this evening. Tonite’s lineup: 1. Aoki CF 2. Tanaka 2B 3. Hatakeyama RF 4. D’Antona […]

9/30/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 30th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL (Mazda Stadium) Tateyama lost a pitcher’s duel to Maeda in this low-scoring affair in Hiroshima. Lineup: 1. Aoki CF 2. Tanaka 2B 3. Hatakeyama LF 4. Whitesell 1B 5. Iihara RF 6. Aikawa C 7. Miyamoto 3B 8. […]