5/5/10 – Yomiuri (Away)

May 5th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Yomiuri Giants 12

Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL

(Tokyo Dome)

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Today’s lineup:

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

Yomiuri tallied 13 hits in this game–12 of them before the end of the fourth inning–and nearly half of those hits (five) were home runs.

Tokyo starter Tony Barnette gave up two homers in the first inning alone as Yomiuri quickly jumped out to a visiting-team-deflating 5-0 lead.

The third inning would be Barnette’s last as he gave up another four earned runs to put the deficit at 9-0 Yomiuri.

Nothing happened for the Swallows on offense, so we’ll just keep detailing the Yomiuri onslaught here.

Matsui took the mound for the fourth and he proceeded to give up three more earned runs within the first three batters that he faced. Ogasawara led off with a HUGE homer to right before Ramirez singled and Abe cleared the bases with a right field blast of his own. 12-0 Yomiuri.

Yoshikawa and Hashimoto pitched an inning of relief each and didn’t allow any further damage.

The only player to have a multi-hit game for the Swallows was Fujimoto.

Barnette’s numbers now look like this: 2-2, 4.72 ERA. He pitched three innings and gave up nine earned runs off of nine hits and two walks. His RIP for those three innings was 3.67.

Random notes:

The birds are lifeless at the moment. Absolutely lifeless. When is Takada finally going to get axed? The ever-changing lineup seems to be negatively affecting everyone at this point.

The birds were swept for the first time this season (when counting three-game series).

The birds were outscored 24-3 in this series against Yomiuri.

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