11/5/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 4

November 5th, 2008

Tokyo Yakult Swallows capYomiuri Giants 0

Saitama Seibu Lions 5

(Seibu Dome)

Takayuki Kishi, Saitama’s 23-year-old starter that finished the regular season with a 3.42 ERA, had the game of his career tonight.

The second-year righty out of Tohoku Gakuin University pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout. He gave up one walk against 10 strikeouts in a dominating display that involved 147 pitches.

Yomiuri never managed to get more than one runner on base in any single inning.

Seth Greisinger, Yomiuri’s starter, got tagged for five runs (all earned) in five innings (and change) of work. He was yanked in the sixth before he was able to record a single out because Nakajima singled to lead off and Nakamura drilled his second two-run homer of the game (the plus-sized third baseman has now hit three home runs in the last two games). 5-0 Saitama.

Greisinger (9.00 ERA) gave up six hits and hit one batter while striking out only two. This was definitely not the same pitcher that we have grown accostomed to seeing over the past two seasons.

Game five, the final installment of this series at Seibu Dome, starts at 6:15 PM tomorrow night.

The series is now tied at two games each.

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

  • Yes, Lions win in a Lions style game! And now my game 6 ticket is definitely valid. Now the question is, can the Lions coax one more win out of the two non-Wakui starters (not that Wakui’s a sure thing by any means, but he is the best option there.)