4/24/09 — Yokohama (Home)

April 24th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yokohama BayStars 3

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 4  Last 5: WLLLL
(Jingu Stadium)

This was not a fun game to watch. We know because we sat through it. Miura dominated the Tokyo bats, and aside from putting runners on the corners in the second, the Swallows never really threatened to send him to the showers.

Perhaps the only bright spot for Tokyo was Ichiba’s second start of the year. He pitched seven innings of one run ball while giving up only five hits, striking out eight and walking none. The lone run came off of an Uchikawa home run in the top of the first with two out. He’s sporting an ERA of 0.75, and this second start versus Yokohama was much more reassuring than his first. He did, however, end up taking the loss and his record stands at one win and one loss.

Aikawa had two hits on the night and was really the only player worth mentioning aside from Ichiba. The only other hit by a player in a home uniform came from D’Antona who went 1-3.

Hagiwara, Barrett and Matsuoka also made mound appearances, and it wasn’t particularly pretty. Barrett relieved Hagiwara after four outs of work and inherited a runner–he then gave up a hit and two walks before finally being yanked in favor of Matsuoka. With a little help from another Iihara error in left, Yokohama was able to pad it’s lead with a couple extra runs. And that’s how the party ended.

The lineup tonight was very different from what we’ve grown accustomed to so far this month.

1. Aoki (CF)
2. Miyamoto (3B)
3. Takeuchi (LF)
4. D’Antona (1B)
5. Guiel (RF)
6. Kawashima (SS)
7. Aikawa (C)
8. Tanaka (2B)
9. Ichiba (P)

It didn’t help a whole lot facing Mr. Miura.

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

  • Rob

    Cold, windy, sprinkling off-and-on. Blecch. The best thing about it was that it wasn’t that long.

    Yokohama has six wins, and three of them are from TYS.

    Some small bright spots. Is this the real Ichiba? Takeuchi had a nice play on a liner to LF, and Iihara’s error helps Takeuchi’s chances of starting again. Kawashima and D’Antona both had good plays to rob Murata on a grounder deep to short. Good to see Ichiba do well after his rough outing last time.

    Three runs in the last four games (all losses), including two shutouts. Great pitching by some guy for the Giants in one game. Sloppy defense in one. Great picthing by Miura last night.
    I want to think we’re just running into other teams’ best pitchers just when they’re hot.

  • I want to think we’re just running into other teams’ best pitchers just when they’re hot.

    That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

  • Rob

    Tomnish’s wonderful blog said Barrett got sent down after that. (Faced three batters, walked two and gave up one hit.) (Hi, Tomnish!)

    Is Lee with the ni-gun? I haven’t seen any notes on injuries – just curious. They’re saving him for something special?

  • I just saw that news, it does seem a touch harsh but I guess that’s baseball. . Ricky was getting a fair bit of abuse from some of the guys on the bleachers I have to say. Hopefully we’ll see him back up on the top team before too long and he can prove himself.

    As for Lee I have no idea. From what I can see, he’s not pitched a great deal on the farm team either. I haven’t seen anything on injuries, but maybe Tomnish has some information on his status?

  • Miura’s just never going to forget that preseason game when he got torn apart by the Swallows. 🙂

    The good part is, of course, that Yokohama has absolutely nothing ELSE to send against you now.

  • Rob(Hi!), David, thanks for remembering me.

    Lee was diagnosed on March 30 as having contusions of cartilages between his breastbone and right ribs.
    After that, he appeared in the farm games on April 12th and 22th.
    He was not very good in the former game, but in the latter game, which was against the Giants, he pitched two innings as the second pitcher of the game, giving up two hits and no run, striking out three and walking none.

    So I guess he will join the Ichigun if he will be able to show good pitching in one or two more farm games.

  • Thanks for filling us in, Tomnish. Here’s hoping Lee recovers soon. . .