3/21/09 — Orix (home)

March 21st, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Orix Buffaloes  6

Tokyo Swallows 13

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWWLW

(Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to get on the board first, but this game would quickly turn into a bit of a see-saw contest, and a high scoring one at that.

Down by two runs, the Buffs plated three in the top of the third to go up 3-2. All three of those runs came via a three-run homer by third baseman, Fernandez, off of Swallows starter, Hye-cheon Lee.

The birds, to their credit, came back with some power of their own.

After Larocca’s sac fly put Orix up 4-2 in the top of the fourth, D’Antona, Guiel and Iihara hit consecutive singles to pull Tokyo within one, and Morioka’s sac fly to right tied it up. 4-4.

Orix scored their fifth run in the top of the next inning to retake the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, with two men on, D’Antona hit third home run in as many games to give Tokyo a two run advantage. And just for good measure, Guiel followed that up with a solo shot of his own. 8-5, Tokyo.

Both teams would score another run each in the seventh to make it 9-6 in  Tokyo’s favor.

The birds combined for 16 hits on the afternoon. The big story of this game was infielder Morioka who went 3-4 with four rbi’s. He had a huge triple in the eigth that brought Kajimoto and Iihara around to score. Tokyo led 13-6 after the end of eight innings. And that’s how this one ended.

Also, despite being replaced by the end of the sixth inning, both Guiel (3-3, 1 rbi) and D’Antona (2-3, 3 rbi’s, 1 BB) reached base three times in this game. K. Kawashima, Takeuchi, Iihara (actually got on base three times by way of an error), and Tanaka all reached base twice.

After his shaky performance the other day, Takai retired all three batters he faced for a scoreless seventh, and Igarashi allowed only one runner to reach base by way of a beaning with two outs. Maruyama pitched a scoreless ninth for Tokyo.

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