9/3/08 – Chunichi (Home)

September 3rd, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows capChunichi Dragons 3

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7

Streak: Won 4 Last 5:LWWWW
(Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo continued its stretch of decent play with a second consecutive win over the Chunichi Dragons. The Swallows have now won four straight and will attempt the series sweep tomorrow night at Jingu.

For the third night in a row, Tokyo scored six runs in the fifth inning. That’s a little weird, but it’s also very welcome. With that type of run support, the pitching has a bit more breathing room to get the win.

Tateyama got his ninth win of the season and gave up three runs (all of them earned) in five and a third innings. He gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked three. Oshimoto, Matsuoka, Igarashi and Lim did the rest of the work without giving up another run.

On offense, Fukuchi went three for five and Iihara and Fukukawa both had two-hit nights. Iihara and Fukukawa both hit home runs in the bottom of the fifth that turned out to be so sweet for the fans in the right field stands. Iihara’s was a three-run shot, and Fukukawa’s plated two runs.

Up seven to one after the fifth, Chunichi responded with a couple of runs in the sixth, but then Oshimoto was brought in to calm things down, and the rest of the game played itself out rather uneventfully.

Tokyo now sits 1.5 games behind third place Chunichi.

Game three of the series will take place tomorrow night at Jingu Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:20 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

  • Erm, what’s happening…..? I’ll say nothing further for fear of jinxing the good form.

  • I’m keeping my mouth judiciously shut as well, approaching each game with pessimism.