10/05/08 – Hanshin (Home)

October 5th, 2008

Sanshin TigersTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hanshin Tigers 8

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWDL

(Jingu Stadium)

Hanshin finally overcame the Swallows at the third attempt as they eased to a win on a very wet Sunday evening at Jingu.

Tigers starter Ishikawa kept Tokyo hitless through 5 innings, by which time the game was pretty much over as a big 4th inning for the Tigers had given them a 5-0 lead.

Ryo Kawashima started for Yakult, and did well early on before getting into trouble in the 4th.  Two hits and a walk loaded the bases with one out for the Tigers.  Toritani then hit a double over the head of Aoki in centrefield to bring home two for 2-0.  Another walk loaded the bases once more before the Swallows helped out the Tigers cause.  Hanshin catcher Yano hit a grounder to third, then third baseman Kajimoto badly fluffed the throw to home, and the ball ended up rolling to the backstop allowing two runs to score making it 4-0.  Akahoshi then hustled an infield single to add the final run of the inning, 5-0 Hanshin.

So Kawashima finished his 6 innings for the night, having given up five runs (two of them earned), striking out four and walking two. 

Tokyo tried to make a game of it in the 6th, finally breaking up Ishikawa’s no hit attempt, with a hit from Keizo Kawashima, a double from Ihara, then a two run double from Hatakeyama shrinking the deficit to 5-2.  They added another in the 7th, Atchison hitting Keizo Kawashima with the bases loaded to walk in Tokyo’s third run for 5-3.

Yoshikawa and Kida  then pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings respectively to keep the scores close.

But with Fujikawa keeping the Swallows hitless through the 8th and 9th, and Hanshin adding three more in the 9th off Lim, that was it for Yakult as Hanshin came out 8-3 winners.

Ryo Kawashima was tagged with the loss, his 8th of the year, to go with his 7 wins and 4.804 ERA.

The final game between these two teams in 2008, is tonight at Jingu.

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

  • Are you guys going to the game tonight? Will you be in the top of the right-field stands somewhere?
    I’m pissed off at Yokohama and thinking to head to Jingu instead, assuming I can get a ticket. It’d be fun to meet up, if possible.

  • After three nights in a row of madcap Hanshin fun, I’m going to have to take the night off – wouldn’t be able to make it there until pretty late anyway. I can’t speak for Chris or Dave, though I haven’t heard of any plans to attend or not. If you don’t see us up in the back row, look for the loudest picnicking bunch of guys there and they’ll be able to tell you whether or not Dave or Chris is there. (Although in both cases, you’d probably hear them before you saw them.)