7/15/08 – Hanshin (Away in Kurashiki)

July 15th, 2008
Sanshin TigersTokyo Yakult Swallows 6

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hanshin Tigers 0

Streak: Won 2. Last 5: LWDWW

(in Kurashiki)

Ryo Kawashima pitched eight beautiful innings of six hit, no run baseball on the way to his fifth win of the season. He also saw his ERA shrink to 2.68 and his overall record improve to 5-2.

Igarashi also pitched well in his 17th appearance of the season. He struck out the first two batters he faced and got the third out on a grounder to first. Number 53’s ERA dropped below four today for the first time in quite a while.

Akahoshi was Hanshin’s lone bright spot this evening going 3-4 with all of his hits heading towards the left side of the diamond.

But that was not nearly enough to counter the 15 hits Tokyo amassed in support of Kawashima. Five starters had multi-hit games, and Miyamoto and Iihara had three hits apiece. Iihara had three rbi’s, all of which came in Tokyo’s four run first inning when he smacked a double to left, and Hatakeyama did well tonight by going 2-3 but getting on base four times by way of the two walks that he drew. Tokyo batted around in that inning.

Two more runs were scored in the top of the second. Aoki brought Miyamoto around from first with a triple to right. Then Aoki scored on Tanaka’s grounder to short. 6-0 Tokyo.

And that’s the way the scoreline stayed for the rest of the contest. Hanshin loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eigth, but Kawashima was able to get out of the inning with his clean-sheet intact.

The teams travel back to Koshien for games two and three of the series on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Also on July 15th: “Rios Released”

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini