9/16/09 — Yokohama (Away)

September 16th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6

Yokohama BayStars 2

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLLLW

(Yokohama Stadium)

Huh. Imagine that.

Takagi is turning into a nice surprise.

After the humiliation of last night’s performance, the birds strung together some hits during the second half of this game to come from behind and get a solid, and long-overdue, win over the Yokohama Baystars.

Tokyo’s lineup:

1. Fukuchi (LF)
2. Kawashima (SS)
3. Aoki (CF)
4. Guiel (RF)
5. Miyamoto (3B)
6. Tanaka (2B)
7. Noguchi (1B)
8. Kawamoto (C)
9. Takagi (P)

The Stars got on the board first in this one as they scored two off of Tokyo starter, Takagi, in the bottom of the opening frame. But that was the last time they would get a runner to cross home plate. At any rate, 2-0 Yokohama.The result of D'Antona's sac fly to left.

Tokyo was pretty quiet at the plate until the fifth inning when they finally started to figure out Yokohama rookie starter, Fujie. Takagi sac bunted Kawamoto over to second after he reached first on a base hit to left, and Fukuchi and Kawashima followed with singles of their own that tied game up. 2-2.

The sixth inning  would be Fujie’s last as he allowed a D’Antona sac fly that scored Miyamoto and put the Swallows ahead 3-2.

Takasaki, Yokohama’s first reliever of the seventh, wasn’t nearly as effective this time around as he was last night. He gave up hits to three of the four batters he faced, and two runs scored in the process. Morioka’s leadoff single was followed by a one out Kawashima base hit and finally a bases clearing Aoki double. 5-2 birds.

Fukuchi was 3-5 with an rbi tonight.Tokyo would score its final run of the game in the top of the ninth when a one out Fukuchi single was followed by a two out Aoki single to make it a 6-2 final.

Takagi got the first win of his professional career tonight while giving up six hits and two earned runs. His ERA is 1.52 through eight appearances, and he had two strikeouts against four walks in five and 2/3 innings of work.

Lee (3.16) lowered his ERA slightly in recording the final out in the sixth.

Oshimoto (2.72), Igarashi (2.72), and Lim (1.59) finished up the last three innings of the game in scoreless fashion.

The first third of Tokyo’s lineup did well this evening with Fukuchi collecting three hits (three singles and one rbi), and Kawashima and Aoki recording two each. Kawashima had two singles and an rbi while Aoki had a single and a double and three rbi’s.

The series is now tied at one game apiece. Will the Swallows be able to pull it off this time? Find out tomorrow evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm at Yokohama Stadium.

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

  • Jingu Bleacher Bum

    Oh, so the pre-All Star Swallows team decided to show up did they? How about stickin’ around for a while? Say for the next three weeks or so? Good job Takagi.

  • Hey guys, I’m the guy who posted back in July about going to a Swallows game once….not sure if you remember me, but that does not matter.

    I’ve been following your blog over the last couple of weeks and witnessing loss after loss….it was heartbreaking. But, today, I actually had enough time to and was up during the correct time to watch this game (it’s at 5 AM my time). At the beginning, this looked like a comedy of errors. Ther were a couple close misses by the Swallows that allowed the BayStars to score runs, and it was pretty funny when the Swallows catcher “slipped” on the other teams equipment. From what I could tell, he missed the ball, but since it was the other teams equipment that he slipped on, the umpire called it an out. Am I correct? Sorry, it’s hard to understand what’s going on when I don’t understand Japanese.

    But then, I enjoyed the progressively massive comeback, particularly the first two runs.

    Nevertheless, I do have one question, and it’s pretty noobish, so please excuse me for that. Why do you want to get rid of Takada? I’m sure the reasons are valid, but I’ve just never seen a list of reasons as to why he’s a bad manager in my reading of this blog….it’s just been kind of an assumed understanding. Thanks!

  • Fabian

    Takagi did a very good job again and since nobody blew it this time, finally got his first well deserved win! ??????