3/20/09 — Hokkaido (home)

March 20th, 2009

Yakult Cap

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters  1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows  0

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: DWWWL

(Jingu Stadium)

This contest turned out to be a pitching duel from start to finish. Former Tokyo pitcher, Shugo Fujii, started this game for the visiting Fighters, and Tateyama took the mound for the Swallows.

Tateyama pitched six scoreless innings in which he gave up only three hits (1 K, 1 BB). Fujii had a very similar afternoon: six innings, three hits, no runs scored (4 K’s, 1 BB, and 1 wild pitch).

Only K. Kawashima and D’Antona reached base more than once for the Swallows. D’Antona’s first trip to first base was made possible by an error at second. His second was by way of a walk. Noguchi came in to pinch run for D’Antona at that point, so he didn’t have another at-bat after that.

Satou and Barrett pitched seventh and eighth innings, respectively, before Igarashi came in to pitch the ninth.

And that is when this game was decided. With one out, Igarashi gave up a solo home run to Hokkaido’s catcher, Ono. And that was all she wrote.

The Tokyo Swallows take on the Orix Buffaloes tomorrow at 1 pm at Jingu Stadium.

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

  • Go Shaggy Shugo!

    That’s “former Fighter Kawashima” to you 🙂

    And *rookie* catcher Shota Ohno, fresh out of Toyodai. He’s awesome — bet he was happy to be playing at Jingu again…

    I meant to go to today’s game, but it was raining in the morning so I decided not to, after 3 straight days of Fighters games before. I’m gonna be there at Jingu next Wednesday afternoon I think.

  • Next Wednesday is against the Fighters, right? I might head to that since there’s not so much of a chance to see them in Tokyo anymore. Maybe we’ll even get to see Darvish sit in the bullpen and look cool.

  • Yes, it’s against the Fighters, that’s why *I* am going 🙂 I’ll either be in the front row holding up signs, or next to the Fighters ouendan, depending on which friends of mine actually go. We basically ended up with a whole bunch of free Jingu open-sen jiyuuseki tickets and then nobody went on Friday, whoops.

    One of these years I’ll sit on the Yakult side. Honest! Maybe once Miyade makes the top team again 😉