3/17/09 — Yomiuri (away)

March 17th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap


Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7

Yomiuri Giants 6

Streak: Won 1     Last 5: LWLDW

(Gifu)

Tokyo nearly let this one get away.

Masao Kida started this one for the Swallows (yes, you read that correctly) and he made it through five innings on only 48 pitches. He gave up only one hit and had one K against one walk. The orange guys were grounding out all over the place. Lots  of fly balls as well. Very solid pitching from Kida.

Barrett came in for inning number six and was also effective. He struck out the first two batters he faced, allowed a hit to center field, and then  ended the inning with a pop fly to short.

Oshimoto pitched the seventh and was able to sit down again after only eight pitches. No runners reached base.

Now by this time the score was already 7-0. The birds scored one run in each of the first three innings and then erupted for four in the top of the fifth.

But that was about it on offense for Tokyo. The Swallows managed nine hits in the first five frames, but only had Iihara’s ninth inning single to show for the final four. Fukuchi, Guiel and Tanaka all reached base twice while Iihara and Yuuichi got on base three times each. Fukukawa tallied three rbi’s, if you can believe that!

Yomiuri, when compared to Tokyo, had a mirror-opposite afternoon. They only managed two hits through the first seven innings, but then strung together five runs off of five hits in the eighth, and another one in the bottom of the ninth. Takai and Hashimoto were tagged with five runs and one run, respectively, and that gave Hagiwara a chance for a save.

Hagiwara retired all three batters he faced for the “S”, and Kida got the “W”.

Nishimura took the loss for Yomiuri.

Tokyo has five home games in a row starting tomorrow. They play the Lions at Jingu stadium tomorrow. The first pitched is scheduled for 1 PM.

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