Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 1. Last 5: WLWWL
(“Home” game at Akita)
The Swallows resumed their Central League program with a hammering at the hands of league leaders Hanshin on Saturday night.
Hanshin outhit Yakult 15 to 5 with Toritani’s four hit performance (which included a homer and 2 RBIs) being the highlight for the Tigers.
Yakult’s starter was Ishikawa, and he had a poor evening by his standards this season, giving up 9 hits, but only 3 runs over his six innings of work. He got no run support from the birds due to Hanshin starter Shimoyanagi having an exellent night, giving up just 4 hits and 1 run over his six innings. Kubota, Williams and Watanabe would then restrict the Swallows to just one more run over the last three innings.
The only real offense from Yakult came from two solo homers from Aoki, in the 4th and 9th innings.
Ishikawa’s record now stands at 7 wins, 5 losses with an ERA of 2.215
Yakult now play one more game against the Tigers in Akita on Sunday afternoon.