3/26/09 — Yokohama (home)

March 26th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yokohama BayStars 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 10

Streak: Won 4    Last 5:LWWWW
(Jingu Stadium)

The birds stomped all over the Stars this afternoon. It wasn’t pretty, and they might as well have called the game after the fifth because nothing really happened after that, save a single in the top of the ninth.

Ishikawa started this one for Tokyo and earned the win on five innings of five hit, one run baseball. Yoshinori pitched the remaining four innings and gave up only one hit but walked five. Ishikawa had five K’s and no walks.

Guiel was the highlight on offense for the Swallows. He went three for three with four rbi’s and a home run. Tanaka and Aikawa both hit their first spring training home runs of 2009 in Tokyo’s six-run third inning. Takeuchi reached base four times while going three for four on the afternoon, and Fukuchi and D’Antona (two walks and an error at third) reached base three times apiece.

Miura took the loss for the Baystars. He lasted four innings and gave up 10 runs (nine earned).

The Swallows have two games at Seibu Dome, on Saturday and Sunday, to finish up their spring-training schedule.

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

  • I was there. It was cold. My view of the game was “Bancho gave up 10 runs in the first 4 innings, including a grand slam to Beavis and another home run to that traitor Aikawa.”

    After the game I asked at the Swallows goods stands whether they had any Miyade stuff left, and they looked at me funny. One guy said they hadn’t had any Miyade goods in forever to begin with. Huh.

  • After the game I asked at the Swallows goods stands whether they had any Miyade stuff left, and they looked at me funny. One guy said they hadn’t had any Miyade goods in forever to begin with. Huh.

    That would be because Miyade isn’t actually very good. At all (now watch him prove me wrong as an Eagle….they always do).

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Yakult had plenty of players that were good guys, well-loved by fans, and… absolutely not all that particularly good at baseball? 🙂

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Yakult had plenty of players that were good guys, well-loved by fans, and… absolutely not all that particularly good at baseball?

    Actually, I believe that nearly 20% of the team’s current roster fits that bill!

    Not that we have any Kiyohara-esque superstars on the team, but there are plenty of guys whose popularity greatly exceeds their talent (as displayed in a Tokyo uniform).

    They’re capable of bringing a few extra fans to the park, but they also keep good young players off the first team. Me no like.