Tokyo Swallows Podcast 18 (February, 2014)

Tateyama is back on the mound.

New season, new hope? After an oddly enjoyable 2013 season in which Ogawa was crowned Rookie of the Year and Balentien demolished the Japan single season home run record, your hosts bring you up to speed on the ups and downs of the off-season. Content overview: Our feelings about Jingu Stadium…it’s complicated. Do you even […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 17 (October, 2013)

Your Tokyo Swallows put together their best month or so of yakyu…but they still finished in last place. In this podcast, the last of the dismal 2013 campaign, David, Kozo, and Christopher attempt to make sense of it all. Included in the volley: Is Jingu Stadium going to get torn down? Who is blameless? How […]

Random Stats and Trivia from the First Half

Tsubami asking a child for advice on how to improve the team.

The Swallows have played 82 games prior to the All Star break. The Swallows find themselves in last place at the break for the first time since 1986. What follows is a disjointed list of stats and trivia from the team’s first 82 games. The team’s 32-49-1 record puts them 2 games out of fifth […]

Jul 4th 2013, @ Yokohama

Roman leaves the mound for Shichijo after just 2.1 innings.

July 4th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 0 Yokohama BayStars 7 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL (Yokohama Stadium) Ladies and gentleman, I have not had the chance to write up a win since the team’s Jingu sweep of the Marines. But with the Swallows coming off their first back-to-back wins since the aforementioned sweep, I had […]

May 12th 2013, vs Hanshin

Ouch #1.

May 12th, 2013 Hanshin Tigers  4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL (Botchan Stadium - Matsuyama) Tokyo got an early lead and held onto it for most of the game thanks to Yagi’s solid start, but Hanshin won the game on a three-run effort in the top of the eighth. And guess […]

May 5th 2013, @ Hanshin

Yagi lasted a bit more than six innings and kept the birds competitive.

May 5th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 7 Hanshin Tigers 5 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW (Koshien) Holy crap, this has been a streaky last couple of weeks. And with all the injuries we’re dealing with right now, the fun ain’t gonna stop. After losing four on the trot, Tokyo finally got its act back together. […]

Apr 28th 2013, vs Yomiuri

Coco has made it very enjoyable to be a Swallows fan this week.

April 28th, 2013 Yomiuri Giants 1 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Won 5 Last 5: WWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tokyo went into this contest looking for its first sweep of the 2013 campaign, and hoping to seal the deal for the home team was lefty Ryousuke Yagi. And he did remarkably well in his fifth start […]

10/06/12 – Hiroshima (Home)

Miyade wasn't put in a good situation.

October 6th, 2012 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The stretch of tune up games continued tonight in Jingu as the Swallows faced the Carp. Earlier in the day news hit that Ryuji Miyade would be hanging up his cleats at the conclusion of this […]

9/29/12 – Chunichi (Home)

Roman had a bad start.

September 29th, 2012 Chunichi Dragons 4 Tokyo Swallows 0 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows are going to the Climax Series!!! (Because the Carp lost to the Tigers 2-0.) What the Swallows weren’t able to do was strike fear in the hearts of their first round opponents by beating them […]

9/17/12 – Hiroshima (Away)

Feels good to win!

September 17th, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 5 Hiroshima Carp 4 Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW (Mazda Stadium) The Swallows came into the game 1 game under .500, and 3 games ahead of the Carp in the race for the third and final spot in the Climax Series. The Swallows also found out earlier than […]