3/15/09 — Hiroshima (away)

March 15th, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logo Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2

Streak: Tied 1     Last 5: LLWLD

(Onomichi)

Ryo Kawashima started and pitched five innings of seven hit, two run baseball. Other vitals include four K’s against one walk plus one wild pitch.

Tokyo’s relievers were rock solid this afternoon. Igarashi and Hashimoto were perfect in the sixth and seventh, respectively, and Hagiwara retired all six batters he saw in the eighth and ninth innings.

Unfortunately, Hiroshima’s pitchers had a good game as well. The Swallows weren’t able to earn a single walk in this game. Carp ace, Colby Lewis, was perfect through his four innings of work, and he struck out seven of the 12 batters he faced. Yikes! Tokyo got all four of its hits after Lewis left the game at the end of the fourth, and scored both of its runs in the top of the seventh.

Takeuchi was the only Tokyo player credited with an rbi when he brought Morioka (formerly of the Chunichi Dragons), who had reached base on a single, around to score on a triple to left field. Takeuchi later scored on an error by Hiroshima’s first baseman.

Tokyo’s next pre-season game is on Tuesday when it heads off into the boonies to play Yomiuri.

On Wednesday Tokyo starts a long home stand with games at Jingu stadium through Sunday. All games are at one o’clock (weather permitting).

Tickets are a thousand yen each unless you opt to join the fan club (5,000 yen for general membership) in which case one (pre-season) ticket per game is free for the cardholder.

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