5/07/09 – Hanshin (Home)

May 7th, 2009

Sanshin TigersTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hanshin Tigers 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Streak: Won 3     Last 3:  WLWWW

(Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo and Hanshin were finally able to play a game tonight, and it was a happy, although soggy, ending for the home team.

Ishikawa went seven and a third innings while picking up the win, and he pitched quite well considering the weather conditions. For a while there it only seemed to rain while he was on the mound, but towards the end of the game it rained almost continuously. Ishikawa (4-1, 3.15) gave up one run off of five hits while striking out two, walking one, and giving a single batter a free trip to first base via plunking.

Yakult had only one hit in this game that was not a double. Takeuchi led off both the first and seventh innings with doubles, and Guiel had two of his own. The first one he hit was responsible for Tokyo’s second and final run of the game in the sixth inning (D’Antona scored from second.)

Tokyo’s first run was also brought around by Guiel when he took a pitch in the side with the bases loaded.

Hanshin scored its one run of the game in the top of the second on a Sakurai solo homer.Masanori Ishikawa delivered tonight.

One thing that was a little frustrating in this game, at least from our perspective, was the number of runners left on base. A runner reached third several times, but there were at least three occasions when Tokyo failed to come up with at least a clutch sac fly.

However, I won’t complain too much about that (or that wasteful sac bunt in the first inning) because Tokyo ended up winning the game in the end.

Kida (4.99) entered the game in the eighth with two runners on base but was able to get out of the jam without adding to Ishikawa’s ERA. Lim allowed one base runner in the ninth but kept his perfect ERA intact while picking up his ninth save of the season.

Here is tonight’s starting lineup:

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

Guiel and Ishikawa were the post-game heroes for this game.

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

  • It’s awesome that Guiel drove in both runs, and the first via HBP. That’s true Aaron style.

  • Yeah, he was pretty clutch yesterday. He got on base three times and had two doubles.

    Nothing wrong with that!