4/28/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 28th, 2011

Yomiuri Giants 0

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4

Streak: Won 4 (Unbeaten in 11)   Last 5: DWWWW

(Shizuoka Kusanagi Stadium)


Tateyama pitched a second consecutive shutout, and the Swallows offense handed rookie Sawamura his first professional loss.

 Swallows Giants
1CF Aoki1SS Sakamoto
22B Tanaka22B Wakiya
3LF Iihara31B Ogasawara
41B Hatakeyama4LF Ramirez
5C Aikawa5CF Chono
6RF Balentien6RF Kamei
73B Miyamoto73B Ryal
8SS Kawabata8C Kato
9P Tateyama9P Sawamura

In the top of the first inning Wakiya hit a 1-out single to center, and quickly stole second to make it 1-out with a man on second. This was the last time a Giant player safely tagged second, and arguably the last time Tateyama was threatened. Tateyama got out of the inning by striking out Ogasawara, and getting Ramirez to ground out to third.

The Birds got on the board in the second inning after Sawamura walked Hatakeyama to open the inning. Hatake advanced to second on a balk, and got to third on an Aikawa groundout. Balentien skyed one to center, but was kept in the park by the wind. But it was good enough to allow Hatakeyama to tag up and score. 1-0 Swallows

The MAN!

Tateyama pitched lights out, pitching perfect from innings two through five. The Swallows got at least one man on base every inning, but weren’t able to score as Sawamura was able to erase his mistakes with strikeouts. The Swallows finally got another run in the fifth. Kawabata got a one out single to right. Tateyama followed by hitting a bunt straight back at Sawamura. Sawamura decided to throw to second, and he would have gotten Kawabata if it weren’t for the fact that his throw missed the mark and ended up in the outfield. With men on first and second, Aoki came up to bat and delivered with a hit to right field. Kawabata ran for home and Kamei got a pretty nice ball back to home plate. Kato mishandled the ball a little and Kawabata slid around him to avoid a tag. The ump determined that Kawabata had not touched home, and it took a few moments and some yelling by Tanaka from the on-deck circle to make Kawabata and Kato realize what was going on. Both players lunged towards home and the ump called Kawabata safe. 2-0 Swallows

Welcome to the big leagues, son.

Tateyama’s string of perfect innings ended in the top of the sixth when Sakamoto managed to get a two-out single. No that it mattered, as Tateyama quickly got Wakiya to fly out harmlessly to second. Balentien stretched the lead in the bottom of the inning by taking a Sawamura curve ball straight into the left field stands. Balentien now shares the Central League home run lead (6 HRs) with Hatakeyama and Yokohama’s Terrmel Sledge. 3-0 Swallows

The Swallows finally managed to chase Sawamura from the game in the eighth. Hatakeyama opened the inning with a walk, and a quickly replaced on the basepaths by Fukuchi. Fukuchi was advanced to second on an Aikawa bunt. Sawamura pitched around Balentien and ended up walking him. Miyamoto extended his hitting streak to ten games and brought Fukuchi home from second to extend the lead and send the rookie to the showers. 4-0 Swallows

In the ninth Tateyama got two quick outs , hit Sakamoto for being a bitch, and officially made Ogasawara his bitch by getting his 10th strikeout (4 off Ogasawara) to end the game. In total, Tateyama only needed 102 pitches to break the Giants. His final line was 9.0 IP / 2 H / 0 R / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 HB / 10 K, he only faced 3 batters over the minimum.


  • Sawamura’s pitching line was 7.1 IP / 8 H / 4 R / 3 ER / 5 BB / 0 HB / 8 K . Tonight’s loss and the home run he gave up to Balentien were firsts of his NPB career.
  • Iihara, in his second game back from the farm, went 0-for-4 with 2 Ks, although he was robbed of a hit by Sakamoto in the fifth.
  • The Swallows move on to play the Tigers for the first time this season.
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