9/20/08 – Yokohama (Home)

September 20th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yokohama BayStars 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Streak: Won 3 Last 5:LLWWW
(Jingu Stadium)

Yakult made it three wins in a row as a solid start from Ryo Kawashima combined with strong support from the bullpen was enough to contain the Baystars on Saturday night.

Kawashima pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of one run baseball, giving up five hits with two strikeouts. Kawashima did stuggle with his control however, giving up six walks in the game.  The only run he allowed was a solo homer from Murata in the 6th.

The bullpen took over and the trio of Kida, Matsuoka and Igarashi allowed just one more hit for the Baystars as they shut down the game.

Offensively, Tokyo scored two in the 2nd and two in the 8th – Aoki, Keizo Kawashima and Fukuchi with the RBIs.

This win puts Yakult three games behind the slumping 4th placed Dragons.

Game three of the series is Sunday evening at Jingu, weather permitting.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto