10/10/08 – Yomiuri (Home)

October 10th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yomiuri Giants 3

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5:DLWWL

(Jingu Stadium)

Yomiuri, aided by Yokohama’s surprise come-from-behind victory over Hanshin, clinched the pennant at Jingu.

Tokyo put a half-decent resistance, but they ran up against a great wall of Greisinger.

The man just made most of the home team’s lineup look foolish. He struck out eight in eight and 2/3’s innings of work, gave up only one run off of four hits, and was insultingly replaced by Kroon for the final out of the game. I say “insultingly” (is that even a word?) because Greisinger (3.06) had just struck out the two batters prior to his being relieved.

Anyway, Kroon came in an recorded the final out (Aoki) on a routine grounder to second base.

Gonzalez (4.30) took the loss for Tokyo. He had a 77-pitch, five inning, five hit, two run night (6 K’s, 2 BB’s). He was doing alright, but was replaced in the sixth by our youngster-du-jour, Katoh (8.86), who promptly surrendered another run. Great idea, Mr. Takada.

And with that, the game was effectively over. Greisinger stayed in and kept being Greisinger. Tokyo batters swang late at pitches that weren’t even really worth swinging at. Yeah, we’ve seen it all before.

Hatakeyama recorded the team’s only rbi, and Tokyo managed only four hits during the game. Greisinger.

And just a quick question: after hitting two home runs in the last two games, why didn’t Noguchi play?

But Ramirez didn’t hit a home run, so I was wrong there. Look for him to hit four tomorrow (because, unlike Yokohama, we actually pitch to him).

In relief (after Katoh), Oshimoto (3.01), Kida (3.20) and Matsuoka (1.42) pitched one scoreless inning each.

Allow me to just mention that Matsuoka has been an absolute revelation this year!

Tokyo has two games, both at home, left to its season. Yomiuri is back at Jingu tomorrow night and Yokohama comes back in for the final game on Sunday (both games start at 6:20 PM).

Sunday’s game will include a special send-off for Manaka and Watarai who are retiring at the end of this season. Should be a nice day.

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