3/18/09 — Saitama (home)

March 18th, 2009

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9

Streak: Won 2       Last 5: WLDWW

(Jingu Stadium)

The birds got the offense going early in one of the day’s four forgotten games (if you want to know what everyone in Japan was actually paying attention to, please scroll down to the next game report).

Tokyo teed off on former starter Kazuhisa Ishii who was a bit rusty today. Ishii threw 100 pitches in five innings of work, gave up seven earned (and one unearned) runs, allowed 11 hits, struct out five, walked one and plunked Guiel.

Earning the win this afternoon was Ishikawa who pitched five innings of six hit, one run ball. He also had one K, one walk, and matched Ishii’s beanball tally for the afternoon.

Yamamoto pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings while Igarashi and Matsuoka took care of the eighth and ninth, respectively. No runs scored after Takada went to the bullpen.

Of note in this contest was the fact that D’Antona made an appearance. He DH’d and went two for four with a single to left and a double to right. Also with multi-hit games were Keizo Kawashima and Iihara.

Miyamoto was perfect on the day going 3-3 and notching three rbi’s.

Takeuchi had a solo home run in the sixth.

Miyade hit a fly ball to right in all three of his plate appearances. Poor guy.

Guiel and Fukuchi also reached base two times each.

Tokyo and Saitama square off again tomorrow afternoon at Jingu. First pitch is at 1pm.

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

  • flick

    I am really liking Ishikawa’s work so far in the preseason. The little man is ready to go.
    I read in the paper today that Takada is set on putting Kida in the starting rotation after yesterday’s performance. What do you guys think about that??
    I guess Masubuchi has been a real disappointment so far for this team.

  • Kida did pitch well this week, and I know that he always wants the ball, so I don’t see why he shouldn’t be considered for a slot in the rotation.

    That said, it was only one pre-season game, so hopefully Takada starts Kida at least one more time this month before solidifying his plans.

    And another thing: if we’re going to gamble on someone, shouldn’t the team be giving younger guys a shot? I’m not talking about throwing rookies in the game before they’re ready, but there are several 3rd, 4th, and 5th year guys who deserve a chance to prove themselves.

    Off the top of my head:
    Shun Takaichi
    Satoshi Nishizaki
    Takashi Maruyama

    Takada’s probably thinking of using Kida in the rotation during the first half of the season until someone else looks ready to take his place when he gets tired after the All-Star break.