3/1/09 – Yokohama (Home Away from Home)

March 1st, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yokohama BayStars 3

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WW

Tokyo won this game on a walk-off single to left care of infield utility man Yoshiyuki Noguchi (IF). Tokyo had gone into the top of the 9th nursing a one run advantage when Yokohama’s leftfielder, Onishi, homered to left off of new Tokyo southpaw, Ricky Barrett. Despite giving up the game-tying run, Barrett was credited with the win when Noguchi brought Iihara home on a game-winning single in the bottom of that inning.

Another Tokyo newcomer started the game. Hye-cheon Lee, formerly of the Doosan Bears, pitched three innings, and then he was followed by Ryo Kawashima who did the same. Tokyo’s third pitcher for the day was veteran Masao Kida who pitched two innings in middle relief.

Noguchi was definitely the highlight of the offense today. He went three for three with a triple, double and that game-winning single mentioned earlier. Kazuki Fukuchi and Yasuchi Iihara came through with two hits each.

In addition to Noguchi, Aaron Guiel (OF), Yuuichi Matsumoto (DH) and Kouhei Kawamoto (C) each had an rbi.

The Yokohama offense only had four hits, but they got a little help from a pair of Tokyo errors to help keep them in the game. Hitoshi Fujie took the loss for Yokohama.

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

  • Anyone else feeling an undefeated season on the way?

  • Kenzo, be quiet.

  • Kenzo, you’ve jinxed the team. We’re blaming each and every loss on the hex you put on the team. We’ll wait until the boys up on the terrace have a good bit to drink before we tell them their continual misery is mostly your fault.

  • Shumai Bento

    Don’t curse it! LOL. When I was a baseball player I did the exactly the same thing. I went up to the pitcher and said that he had a no hitter going and then someone came up to me and said some very nasty things. I was 12 years old or something and knew from then that that is ONE thing you should not do. I learnt it the hard way.

    Anyhow. Exhibition games don’t matter. There used to be a saying that the team who wins the most exhibition games never wins a pennant but I think Hanshin changed that a few years ago when they won most of the exhibition games and then later won the season too but Hanshin’s case is more rare than the norm.