7/25/08 – Yomiuri (Away)

July 25th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yomiuri Giants 3

Streak: Lost 2.  Last 5: WLWLL

(Tokyo Dome)

This game started alright.

Fukuchi doubled to left. Miyamoto grounded out. Aoki drew a walk, and then Hatakeyama brought Fukuchi around by way of a troublesome liner to short that resulted in an error. 1-0 Tokyo.

Another run scored in the fourth on an Iihara solo shot to right. 2-0 Tokyo.

Tokyo starter, Tateyama, pitched marvelously. He didn’t give up a hit until the fourth when former teammate, Alex Ramirez, doubled to left. Tateyama got out of that inning without letting another runner reach base.

Yomiuri catcher, Abe, managed to get Yomiuri’s first run in the eighth when he drilled a solo home run to center. 2-1 Tokyo.

Tateyama again allowed his teammates to sit down without another runner reaching base. The eighth was his last inning though. Tateyama (6-2, 3.20) threw eight innings of two hit, one run ball. He had 11 K’s and only one walk!

Lim came in for the 9th, but he got roughed up in a hurry.

Ogasawara doubled to right. Ramirez singled to right. Takahashi was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. (Yeah, I don’t know why they did that, either). Lee flied out to second. One out, bases loaded.

Abe took one for the team to bring in the tying run. Ouch, but yay for Yomiuri. 2-2.

Tani brought the winning run around on a single to center field. 3-2 Yomiuri.

Lim (1-4-24, 2.23) took the loss, his fourth for Tokyo.

Takahashi (4-3, 4.84) took the no-decision for Yomiuri. Ochi got his first win of the season for Yomiuri in his 40th appearance. His record is now 1-2, and his ERA is 2.74.

The next game of the three game series at Tokyo Dome is tomorrow night, July 26th, at 6 p.m.

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

  • John Lewis

    Tateyama (the hidden conspirator of our T-shirt biz) pitched great! It’s a pity he hasn’t won a game for a month now although he’s left the game leading in at least 3 occasions…

    I have to say the starting pitchers are starting to get things straight (although there are occasional rough-ups here and there…) but perhaps the bullpen is showing signs of fatigue??