3/28/09 — Saitama (away)

March 28th, 2009

Saitama Seibu Lions logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8

Saitama Seibu Lions 1

Streak: Won 5       Last 5: WWWWW

(Seibu Dome)

The Swallows followed up their old-fashioned kicking of the Baystars on Thursday with a pretty stern smacking of the Saitama Lions this afternoon.

Aoki was in the lineup at 1pm, but was promptly yanked. I don’t know whether it was because Watanabe had not decided to start any of his WBC returnees, and so Takada wanted to reciprocate the gesture, or if hay fever might have been to blame. Whatever the reason, Aoki looked a little bored sitting there on the bench. As Dave remarked this afternoon, it’s probably quite a bit of a letdown going from playing in front of tens of thousands at Dodger Stadium earlier in the week to sitting on the bench in Saitama not even five days later.

But it turned out that the birds didn’t need him. D’Antona hit a solo shot in the second, his fourth since he started playing half way through spring training, to put Tokyo up 1-0.

Then, with two on and two out in the third, Guiel went yard (his fifth) to make it 4-0. Iihara scored on a Noguchi sac fly in the sixth, and that was the same inning that the home team would score their only run. 5-1 Tokyo.

Tokyo managed to score another three runs in the top of the eighth for a final score of 8-1.

Takeuchi and D’Antona both reached base twice in this game.

Tateyama made it through seven innings on only 85 pitches while earning the win today. He gave up one run off seven hits and had two strikeouts against one walk.

Igarashi and Oshimoto pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to button this one up quickly and quietly.

The Swallows are in Saitama again tomorrow afternoon for those of you willing to miss the front part of hanami season.

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

  • The Birds played really well on Saturday. I’ll admit, this BayStars fan had a great time cheering for the Swallows at the Dome and I may have to do it again before the season is up.

  • Oh you will Matt, you will. We insist!

  • Matt,
    Sorry we couldn’t join you for the game! Glad to hear you had a good time, and I’m sure we’ll run into you at another game soon.

    Just under 96 hours until the games start on opening day!