7/20/10 – Yomiuri (Away)

July 20th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Yomiuri Giants 4

Streak: Lost 4   Last 5: WLLLL

(Tokyo Dome)

After allowing double-digit runs in their last two games, the Swallows were able to keep things a little more under control this evening. But the birds lost this one in extra innings nonetheless.

Tonight’s lineup:

1. Aoki CF
2. Tanaka 2B
3. Iihara LF
4. Whitesell 1B
5. Guiel RF
6. Aikawa C
7. Miyamoto 3B
8. Onizaki SS
9. Muranaka P

Two of the three walked batters that Muranaka allowed ended up scoring, but all in all Tokyo’s lefty from Kanagawa, and the Central League’s strikeouts per nine leader (8.94), had a decent outing. He gave up three runs off of only two hits in seven innings of work which involved 116 pitches. But he didn’t factor in the decision.

The birds were actually down 3-1 at the end of the sixth. The bulk of Yomiuri’s scoring came via a two-run Ogasawara homer in the bottom of that inning.

But the birds punched their way back into it care of an Iihara solo shot in the sixth and an Aoki solo homer in the seventh. They were round-trippers number six and eight on the year, respectively. 3-3.

But as this game made it’s way into extra innings, Tokyo’s pitching frayed yet again. A leadoff single and intentional walk put runners on first and second with Sakamoto at the plate. Masubuchi’s throwing error would spell the end, though, as Wakiya was able to scamper home to gift Yomiuri a walk-off win in the 10th.

Masubuchi took the loss while facing a total of five batters. He now has a 3.12 ERA, and his record devolved to 1-3.

Matsuoka (1.58) and Watanabe (7.71) got hold points for their efforts earlier in the contest.

Aoki was the highlight for the Swallows at the plate as he recorded two hits and added a walk. He was the only Tokyo batter to reach base more than once.

Random thoughts:

The Swallows actually outhit Yomiuri 6-5 in this game.

Pitchers Barnette and Oshimoto were wiped from the active roster today. Pitchers Takagi and De la Cruz joined the top team in their stead.

The middle third of the Tokyo batting order (Whitesell, Guiel and Aikawa) was hitless this evening.

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

  • I was in the Yakult cheering section at the Tokyo Dome last night and all I gotta say is… my Iihara jersey is really paying off. 🙂 Every game I wear it to, he hits a home run!