9/28/10 – Yokohama (Away)

September 28th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Yokohama BayStars 0

Streak: Won 2     Last 5: WWLWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

This one was a rather brief affair, with the Swallows brushing aside the Baystars in just over two hours and a half, thanks primarily to Ishikawa registering his first complete game shutout for two years as he extended his remarkable winning streak to eleven.

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Morioka (SS)
  3. Hatakeyama (LF)
  4. D’Antona (1B)
  5. Aikawa (C)
  6. Ihara (RF)
  7. Miyamoto (3B)
  8. Tanaka (2B)
  9. Ishikawa (P)

Yokohama youngster Tanak kept Tokyo quiet for the first half of this one, until the 6th when Aoki got hit number 201, a solo homer to right, to make it 1-0.

In the 7th, a Hatake single and D’Antona double were followed up by an Aikawa sac-fly to extend the lead to 2-0. Another single and a walk would load the bases for Ishikawa, but he flew out to centre for the final out of the inning.

And the victory was cemented in the 8th. Hit number 202 for Aoki, a Morioka sac-bunt, a HBP for Fukuchi (in for Hatake) and an infield hit for Takeuchi (who had entered the game as a pinch runner for D’Antona in the 7th) loaded the bases for Aikawa. He worked a walk from reliever Terahara to make it 3-0. Ihara then hit a grounder to second, but the Baysters could only make the out at second and it was 4-0. Miyamoto then struck out to end the inning with the lead at four.

And with Ishikawa seeing out the game with ease, that’s how the game ended, 4-0 Tokyo Final.

Yes, it’s only the Baystars, but Ishikawa’s performance was quite special indeed: 9IP/108P/3H/7K/0BB/0ER which moved his record to 13-8/3.53. Masanori last tasted defeat in June.

The Swallows now get a day off before traveling to Hiroshima for their last game in Hiroshima for 2010 on Thursday.

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

  • Yokohama are now in the NPB record books on grounds of their complete and utter shittiness:


  • Kozo

    With the Giants’ win over the Tigers last night, the Swallows’ elimination number against the Giants droped to 1. If the Giants win against the Tigers tonight we officially cannot finish above them in the standing. Our elimination number against the Tigers still stands at 3.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just proud that the boys have maintained the mathematical possibility of qualifying for the playoffs this late into the season. If someone had told me this was going to happen when I was watching Chiba score their 20th run against us in Marine Stadium back in May, I would have thought they were nuts…..

    And on another positive note, thank fuck we are not Baystars fans. Literally, what is the point?!

    • Tokyo has played superbly since May 26th. To still be in contention with only a handful of games left is mind-boggling given how the season started. And the Central League is very different from a year ago which makes the feat even more impressive. Last year there were only two decent teams (Yomiuri and Chunichi). The Swallows were the Central League equivalent of Tohoku Rakuten in 2009 and were the beneficiaries of the collective crappiness of the remaining teams in the league (ie. they were gifted a playoff spot that they didn’t deserve).In 2010 there are four strong Central League teams. It looks like Tokyo will fall at the final hurdle, but the fact that they got anywhere near it is truly remarkable.