6/26/09 – Yomiuri (Away)

June 26th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Yomiuri Giants 7

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWWWL

(Tokyo Dome)

This was a night that a couple of runs ended as Tokyo were sent crashing down to earth at Tokyo Dome. Firstly their seven game winning streak was cut by their cross-town rivals, and just to add insult to injury Shohei Tateyama lost his first start since August 2008.

The signs were there for Tateyama in his recent outings, pitching for a 4.74ERA so far in June, thought he boasted two wins and one no decision during the same time-span as good run support made up for any shortfall in form. Unfortunately tonight ex-Swallow Gonzalez restricted the Swallows bats and left Tateyama exposed.

Shohei had by far his worst outing of the year, pitching six innings to the tune of seven runs (six earned) off a whopping fourteen hits. He also struck out three walked one and hit one. That performance equated to his first loss of the year to take his record to 8 and 1 with his ERA rising to 2.797.

Tokyo’s lineup at the Temple of Doom looked like this:

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

Yomiuri took a lead in the 2nd, pitcher Gonazalez and annoyingly proficient youngster Sakamoto with the timely hits to make it 2-0 Yomiuri.

Tokyo pulled one back in the top of the 3rd with consecutive singles from Taleuchi and Tanaka followed up by a timely Aoki single to make it 2-1.

But that would be as close as Yakult would get as Yomiuri unloaded on Tateyama, including home runs from Lee and Ogasawara as they amassed their total of seven runs.

The Swallows’ only other run came in the top of the 6th, Miyamoto with the RBI.

The two standouts for Tokyo with the bat were Tanaka (.290) and Miyamoto (.311) who both had 3 for 4 nights.

Tonight’s result continues Yakult’s miserable away form against the Giants. Last year they went 2 and 10 during the season away against their rivals, and this season are now 0 and 4. They have now lost nine straight games at Tokyo Dome.

Sort. It. Out. Please. No. Really. Please.

The teams meet again tomorrow evening with Tokyo trying to regain the momentum they gained during the latter part of their IL schedule.

For the sake of all mankind lets hope they succeed.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto