3/10/09 — Softbank (home)

March 10th, 2009

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 3     Last 5: LWLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The bats were a bit anemic again today. Tokyo managed only six hits, two better than the game yesterday versus Hanshin.

The birds got waxed early and often. Tokyo newbie pitcher (read: straight out of high school), Katsuki Akagawa, gave up nine earned runs in one and two-thirds innings. He issued seven walks (no K’s), and allowed six hits (two of which left the park). Isn’t preseason just the perfect chance to ruin a 19 year-old’s confidence?

Oshimoto then came in to finish up the inning and pitch another three. He allowed one run off of three hits.

Hagiwara, Barrett and Takai also made appearances. Barrett had a balk, but other than that, nothing really exciting happened.

On offense, only Takeuchi had more than one hit, and former Softbank bit-player, Ryou Yoshimoto (IF) was responsible for all three of Tokyo’s runs. He hit a three-run dinger in the seventh.

Akagawa took the loss for Tokyo in the team’s first home game of the preseason schedule.

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