4/22/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 22nd, 2011

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0

Streak: Won 5      Last 5: WWWWW

(Mazda Zoom Zooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom Stadium)

Whisper it. Things are going well. Very well indeed.

  1. Aoki (CF)
  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Yuichi (LF)
  4. Hatakeyama (1B)
  5. Balentien (RF)
  6. Miyamato (3B)
  7. Kawabata (SS)
  8. Kawamoto (C)
  9. Yamamoto (P)

Hopefully the first win of many for Yamamoto

Most of this one this game went much like the last one, quality pitching being backed up by a big home run to edge the Swallows ahead. But while the provider of the latter was expected,  with Hatakeyama blasting his fourth homer of the year (off Carp starter Imamura) in the 6th to make it 1-0 Tokyo, the man responsible for the former was not. Step forward 21 year old Hitoshi Yamamoto who pitched a mightily impressive seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five and walking two. All of which was more than good enough to notch his first career win against a Carp team previously unbeaten in their last seven games.

Throw him into the mix with Ishikawa, Tateyama, Yoshinori, Muranaka and Masabuchi and that is quite a collection of starters in Tokyo’s arsenal. Provided, of course, Yamamoto can reproduce tonight’s form on a regular basis, which is now all the more unlikely now I’ve sung his praises. Such is the power of the Tsubamegun curse.

And on the subject of stellar pitching, Tokyo’s arms have now been responsible for a remarkable 30 consecutive scoreless innings. Throw in Masabuchi’s performance from Sunday and 43 of their last 45 innings pitched have been of the scoreless variety.

Back to tonight then. After Matsuoka worked a four pitch hitless 8th (over anxious Carp bats = outfield flyouts galore), Tokyo made what had been a fairly comfortable game completely safe with reliever Shultz on the mound for Hiroshima in the 9th. Four runs followed off two hits, three walks and some suspect Carp fielding (RBIs for Hatake [1], Miyamoto [2] and Kawabata [1])  to make it 5-0 Tokyo. All that remained was for Lim to take to the mound to hammer the last three nails into the shutout-shaped coffin for a 5-0 Tokyo Final. The Swallows outhit the Carp 10-2.

So there you have it. Today was a good day. In fact this week has been a very good one indeed so far. Let’s hope the goodness continues tomorrow afternoon in game two of the series.



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

  • Kozo

    Yamamoto was making the start because Muranaka was taken off the active list due to hip pains. Muranaka is expected to be back after the 10 day waiting period.

  • DeGavph

    Lim’s three consecutive strikeouts were so cool. It only took ten pitches for him to do it. I almost felt sorry for him because he didn’t get a save for that. Though I am a bit concerned about his velocity dropping….