5/3/10 – Yomiuri (Away)

May 3rd, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Yomiuri Giants 7

Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LLWLL

(Tokyo Dome)

Yoshinori was very hittable once again, and the Swallows were dominated in rather simple fashion by cross-town neighbors, Yomiuri.

Tonight’s lineup:

1. Fukuchi LF
2. Miyamoto 3B
3. Aoki CF
4. Iihara RF
5. D’Antona 1B
6. Tanaka 2B
7. Fujimoto SS
8. Aikawa C
9. Yoshinori P

It all came apart in the second inning. Abe got things rolling in the wrong direction by drawing a walk before Tani helpfully hit into a double play. But Takahashi got things going again with a double to left. Yoshinori then intentionally walked Chono to get to the pitcher, former Tokyo player Fujii, but ended up loading the bases when Fujii nabbed a single to left.

The first Yomiuri run of the game came on Yoshinori’s third walk of the inning, this time unintentional, to Sakamoto. Takahashi scored with the bases still juiced. 1-0 Yomiuri.

Wakiya then parked a grand slam meatball in left to conclude the inning’s damage. 5-0 Yomiuri.

Fujii was perfect through four, but Iihara finally busted up the party with a double to lead off the fifth. He eventually scored on Tanaka’s sac fly to right. 5-1 Yomiuri.

Yoshinori loaded the bases again in the sixth, and Lee’s single punched in another run for 6-1 Yomiuri.

And Yoshinori’s last earned run of the game was dealt by Ramirez on a solo shot to center. 7-1 Yomiuri.

Kroon allowed one run in the ninth in a non-save situation, but it didn’t salvage much pride. 7-2 Final.

Yoshinori took a much deserved loss while giving up a whopping seven earned runs off of nine hits in seven innings of “work”. He also mixed in six K’s and four walks to taste. His record is now an alarmingly dreary 1-4 with a 6.25 ERA.

Ryo Kawashima made his first appearance of the year in one inning of relief. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

The birds managed only two hits in this contest. Yes, you read that correctly.

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