11/6/11 – CL Climax Series Second Stage – Tokyo vs. Chunichi (Game 5)

November 6th, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 1 Chunichi Dragons 2 Series: Chunichi 4-2 Tokyo (Nagoya Dome) Well, it falls to yours truly to pen the last game report of the season. While I’d rather not be doing so just yet, of course, I must also say I’m not crushed by the outcome. Tokyo made it closer […]

11/5/11 – CL Climax Series Second Stage – Tokyo vs Chunichi (Game 4)

November 5th, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 1 Chunichi Dragons 5 Series: Chunichi 3-2 Tokyo (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows’ thin starting “rotation” was finally exposed tonight as Akagawa was forced to start on 4 days rest. The Dragons countered with lefty Yudai Kawai. The Swallows elected to continue starting rookie Yamada at shortstop batting leadoff. The rookie […]

11/4/11 – CL Climax Series Second Stage – Tokyo vs Chunichi (Game 3)

November 4th, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 2 Chunichi Dragons 1 Series: Chunichi 2-2 Tokyo (Nagoya Dome) Tonight the Swallows looked to even the series. Getting the start for the Birds was Mr. long-relief, Muranaka. While the Aichi faithful saw Yamai on the bump for them. After a 1-2-3 inning for both sides in the first, the […]

11/3/11 – CL Climax Series Second Stage – Tokyo vs Chunichi (Game 2)

November 3nd, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 3 Chunichi Dragons 1 Series: Chunichi 2-1 Tokyo (Nagoya Dome) With the team already down 2-0 in the series, it goes without saying that tonight’s game was a must win for the Swallows. Amidst much speculation, the Swallows started Ishikawa on 3 days rest against the Dragons’ Chen. But that […]

Entering Enemy Territory – A Nagoya Diary, Part 1

Friend of Tsubamegun “M”, has taken the shinkansen down to Nagoya to cheer on the Swallows as they attempt to do what they failed to do at all down the stretch – flourish in the Nagoya Dome. The prize at stake is restoration of Swallows pride and much more importantly, a place in the Japan […]

11/2/11 – CL Climax Series Second Stage – Tokyo vs Chunichi (Game 1)

November 2nd, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 1 Chunichi Dragons 2 Series: Chunichi 2-0 Tokyo (Nagoya Dome) So this is what it’s come down to. The Swallows are back in Nagoya Dome trying to make up for everything they lost there during the home stretch of the 2011 Central League pennant race. The last time that Tokyo […]

10/31/11 – CL Climax Series First Stage – Tokyo vs Yomiuri (Game 3)

October 31th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 1 Tokyo Swallows  3 Series: Swallows Win 2-1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Based on the comments received in yesterday’s game report, you don’t need to read this report to find out that the Swallows won game 3 of their series against the hated Giants. The raw details of what happened and […]

10/30/11 – CL Climax Series First Stage – Tokyo vs Yomiuri (Game 2)

October 30th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Swallows  2 Series: Tied 1-1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows were never really in control of this contest. That was evident throughout. Making it worse was the fact that the team never had a shot once we got deep into our bullpen. Uninspiring. Unhelpful. Unhappy. Unbe-Lim-able. Utsumi was […]

10/29/11 – CL Climax Series First Stage – Tokyo vs Yomiuri (Game 1)

October 29th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 2 Tokyo Swallows  3 Series: Swallows Lead 1-0 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tokyo came from behind to down their beloved neighbours off the back of a Tateyama-Muranaka starter’s relay and, thank the lord of your choice, some timely hitting. In a packed and buzzing Jingu it was Tateyama, not Ishikawa as […]

2011 Swallows’ Draft Recap

The Swallows drafted 8 players in the draft tonight. Those of you who read my draft preview last night will find none of the names I discussed in our list of picks. The night started off with the Swallows vying for Shuhei Takahashi along with the Dragons (as expected) and the Buffaloes. After each team’s […]