June 18th, 2008
SoftBank Hawks 2
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WWLWW
(“Home” game for Tokyo at Nagano Olympic Stadium)
A solid evening’s work from Masanori Ishikawa and a 2 run homer from Norichika Aoki was enough to edge the Swallows past Softbank in Nagano this evening.
Ishikawa pitched 7 solid innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, and striking out 5.
Yakult struck early with Aoki’s two run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning off Hawks starter (and ex-Swallow) Rick Guttormsen.
The Hawks would pull one run back in the 6th, with first-baseman Kokubo bringing home Matsunaka for 1-2. But Tokyo would restore the two run margin in the 7th with an RBI from pinch-hitter Saitoh.
Oshimoto pitched a perfect 8th for the Swallows, and Lim held on for his 17th save, despite giving up a run in the 9th.
Ishikawa’s record now stands at 7 wins and 4 losses, with his ERA now down to just 2.077.
The Swallows return to Jingu Thursay night for the second game of the two game Hawks series.