4/12/09 – Yokohama (Away)

April 12th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Yokohama BayStars 5

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWLWL
(Yokohama Stadium)

Tokyo dropped game three to concede its first series of the season to a resurgent Yokohama BayStars.

Ryo Kawashima (1-1) pitched four and two-thirds innings while taking the loss for Tokyo. Four runs scored from seven hits while striking out four and walking one. His ERA now stands at 5.91. Fukukawa was behind the plate for this one (his first start of the season).

Kobayashi started for Yokohama but ended up with a no-decision after he was yanked before the end of the fifth inning. Yamaguchi came away with the win after holding the Swallows through the seventh and eighth innings.

Fukuchi and Aoki both reached base twice for the birds with the former collecting three singles and the latter

Naitoh hit the first home run of his pro career in the second inning.

Naitoh hit the first home run of his pro career in the second inning.

mixing a double with two HBPs.

Guiel hit his fourth home run of the season with a solo blast to start the sixth. Aoki (double) and Tanaka (sac fly) both had an RBI as well.

Relief pitchers for the Swallows this afternoon were Maruyama (2.46 ERA, 3.2 IP), Oshimoto (4.77, 5.2), and Hagiwara (0.00, 2.2).

The Swallows will next host the Yomiuri Giants April 14-16 at Jingu Stadium. All games begin at 6pm.

Notes:

After Ichiba plunked three guys in yesterday’s game, Yokohama got even with three bean balls today. Aoki was on the business end of two of them.

One oddity in this game was Kawamoto coming in to pinch run for Hatakeyama in the top of the ninth. I’m not implying that Kawamoto is slow, rather I was surprised because I can’t think of another time when I’ve seen a catcher come in as a pinch runner at the pro level.

Jamie D’Antona, in his second game back after two days of rest with a sore knee, went hitless again.

Both Keizo Kawashima and Tanaka are sporting sub-.200 batting averages through the first nine games of the season.

Rather than writing numbers with extra decimal places, three and two-thirds innings pitched is written 3.2 IP. Similarly, fifty-five and one-third innings pitched would be written 55.1 IP.

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