9/12/09 — Chunichi (Away)

September 12th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Chunichi Dragons 4

Streak: Lost 7    Last 5: LLLLL

(Nagoya Dome)

And another series bites the dust.

Tokyo’s starting lineup:

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

The Swallows found themselves in a hole early in this one as Ibata’s two-out single in the third inning scored one. 1-0 Chunichi.

The Dragons collected two more runs off of Tokyo starter Oshimoto in the fourth when Wada’s homer to left brought Morino around as well. 3-0 Chunichi.

Tokyo wouldn’t find its way back into the game until the eighth inning when Aoki’s two-out single started a bit of a rally at the expense of the constantly used Asao. D’Antona helped things a long by taking a beanball and was replaced by Morioka on first base. Guiel and Miyamoto singles would plate Aoki and Morioka to make it 3-2 Chunichi.

But that’s as close as the team would get as the Dragons were able to score an insurance run in the bottom of that inning when Yoshikawa led things off by plunking Araki. Araki was able to make it to third in time to benefit from a Blanco sac fly to center. 4-2 final.

The birds loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, but with two outs Takada put Kawamoto in to pinch hit for Morioka. As you might expect, it didn’t result in any runs being scored.

Oshimoto (2.77) pitched six innings, gave up seven hits, and surrendered three earned runs. Additionally, he recorded five K’s against one walk. The loss took his record to 1-6.

Matsui (5.06) pitched a perfect seventh, and Yoshikawa (1.93) gave up that one run in the eighth.

Aoki was arguably the biggest contributor on offense for Tokyo in this game. He had two hits (both singles) but reached base four times with the help of the two walks that he drew.

Guiel also had a good night at the plate going 2-3 (double, rbi single) and adding a walk.

The loss marked Tokyo’s twelfth series loss in a row.

Game three is tomorrow afternoon at Nagoya Dome (2 PM).

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