6/13/09 – Orix (Away)

June 13th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Orix Buffaloes 1

Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LWLWW

(Kyocera Dome)

After finally getting a win against one of NPB’s surprise stories of the year, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, Tokyo made it halfway home before having to stop off in Osaka to finish up their four-game, mid-season flirtation with the Pacific league’s sixth-place team, Orix.

Tokyo is 2-0 this season against the Buffs, a team that has given up an NPB-worst 298 runs so far in 2009 (the birds have surrendered 172). Going into this game, Orix was the only Pacific league team on Tokyo’s schedule that they still have a chance to sweep.

Tokyo’s lineup:Yuuki continues to impress

1. Fukuchi (DH)
2. Kawabata (2B)
3. Aoki (CF)
4. Guiel (RF)
5. Iihara (LF)
6. Miyamoto (3B)
7. Yuuichi (1B)
8. Aikawa (C)
9. Kawashima (SS)

Yuuki (1-1) started this game for the birds with Vogelsong (0-2) getting the ball for the Buffs.

And it was basically over and done with after two innings.

Orix drew first blood in the bottom of the first with former Tokyo infielder, Greg Larocca, making his one hit of the night count. Oobiki scored to make it 1-0 Buffaloes.

But Tokyo would put the game away in the top of the second. Guiel drew a walk before Miyamoto’s one out double leveled things at 1-1.

Aikawa eventually blasted a two out homer to left to make it 3-1 Tokyo.

And no other runs scored after that.

Yuuki (2-1) notched his second win of the season on five innings of solid pitching in which he gave up only the one run off of five hits. The win helped him drag his ERA down to 3.93 while tallying three K’ and 2 BBs.

Kida (5.24), Matsuoka (1.69), and Igarashi (1.48) pitched an inning each of hold point-worthy relief, and Lim (0.00) notched his 17th save of the season.

Vogelsong (0-3; 6.84) took the loss for Orix.

On offense for Tokyo, both Guiel and Aikawa had two-hits each.

Aoki didn’t get a hit, but he got hit. Again.

Aikawa’s homer was his first of the season.

Lim finished the ninth inning on only seven pitches. Kida cleared the sixth with six.

All the other Central league teams lost. Yay!

The birds will attempt to complete the sweep tomorrow.

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