10/4/09 – Yomiuri (Home)

October 4th, 2009

Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Yomiuri Giants 5

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLLWL

(Jingu Stadium)

With it now nine games against the Giants without a win (8 losses, 1 tie) I really don’t know why I bother to write game reports for these encounters. I should just write the score, then a succinct “Yeah, you know how it went.” followed by the pitching lines.

Unfortunately, our repugnant neighbours also happen to be our kryptonite.

The lambs to the slaughter were as follows:

  1. Fukuchi (LF)
  2. Kajimoto (2B)
  3. Miyamoto (3B)
  4. Aoki (CF)
  5. D’Antona (1B)
  6. Shida (RF)
  7. Kawamoto (C)
  8. Onizaki (SS)
  9. Muranaka (P)

Muranaka started for the Swallows and gave up all of the Yomiuri runs. Two in the 2nd by way of a Odajima two run homer, and three in the 5th when Muranaka had one of his trademark meltdowns. He gave up a walk, two singles (a run scoring on the second), then three more walks, a run scoring on each of the last two with the bases loaded. Matsui came in to get the final out.

Muranaka finished his 4 and 2/3 innings having given up five runs off four hits, striking out two, walking four and hitting one. He took the loss as his record moved to 1-6/7.12.

Yomiuri starter Takahashi dominated in his eight innings, giving up just four hits and striking out seven. He had a wobble in the 5th, giving up singles to Shida and Onizaki before walking Hatakeyama (in for the pitcher) and then Fukuchi to walk home Tokyo’s only run. Charity indeed.

Other than that Tokyo’s chances were almost non-existent. D’Antona hit a two-out double in the 6th but Shida struck out to strand him there. That was about it.

Only D’Antona (1), Shida (1) and Onizaki (2) managed hits. Great.

Hanshin won rather easily against Chunichi this afternoon so Tokyo are now one game out of 3rd. Wonderful.

Yomiuri now lead the season series against the Swallows by 18-4. Fan-bloody-tastic.

Oh, and I believe Takada has announced that he’ll be coming back to manage next year……………..

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The two teams meet for the final time in 2009 tomorrow.

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

  • Yomiuri had even replaced their regulars with bench players by half way through the game, but we still stood no chance. Not looking good.

  • Oh. And this loss guarantees that Tokyo will have a losing record for 2009.

  • Eddy

    Why did not Guiel play in this game? Takada changed him mid game the last time I was in Jingu against Hanshin. Is he injured? There might be some personal issues between the 2.

    • Good question. I’ve heard from other fans that he’s got some kind of thigh injury.

      If he hasn’t got an injury and it is a personal issue then Takada should be fired as boy could we use Guiel at the moment.