7/9/11 – Hanshin (“Home”)

July 9th, 2011

Hanshin Tigers 6

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWWWL

(Akita Stadium)

Two days after sweeping Yomiuri, Tokyo looks to take out the Tigers. Unfortunately, the Tigers were not willing to play along.

The Tigers celebrate by playing patty-cake


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


  1. Hirano (CF)
  2. Sekimoto (2B)
  3. Toritani (SS)
  4. Murton (RF)
  5. Brazell (1B)
  6. Arai (3B)
  7. Kanemoto (LF)
  8. Fujii (C)
  9. Messenger (P)

This one was a game that Swallows fans will look to forget very quickly.

The game started off slow with neither team making any serious threat until the 4th inning. That is when Tigers attacked first (pun intended).

Sekimoto got on base with one out. He was quickly forced out at second on Toritani’s grounder to short. Toritani was safe at first. Two out and that brought up Murton. He got an infield single and there were runners on the corners. Murton then advanced to second on a wild pitch but Toritani stayed at third. Brassell hit a shot to second which Tanaka fumbled. He eventually recovered but not in time to get an out. Everybody was safe ad Toritani scored. 1-0 Hanshin

Arai followed with a double to right scoring Murton from third. 2-0 Hanshin

With runners on 2nd and 3rd and two out, those in Black and Yellow were ecstatic to see Kanemoto step to the plate. However, the best their man could do was to fly out to “Coco” to end the inning.

The Akita fans were hoping to see the Swallows muster some reply, but the birds were unable to put anything together. Their situation got worse as the 7th inning came around.

Kanemoto started the inning a walk. He was replaced by a pinch-runner. Fujii promptly bunted him over to 2nd. 1 out. Up next was the pitcher but he was replaced by Hiyama. Hiyama also walked. So, now runners on 1st and 2nd with the top of the order coming to bat for Hanshin. Swallows fans were hoping for a double play to get out of this touch situation. Hirano did help the Swallows cause by flying out to Aoki. But up next, was Sekimoto. He walked to load the bases for Toritani. Toritani added another run for the Tigers by hitting a single to left. 3-0 Hanshin

Murton ended the threat by striking out.

It only got worse as the Tigers added 2 more runs in the 8th and one more in the 9th. 6-0 Hanshin Final


  • Game two of two will be tomorrow at 1
  • Messenger was the man of the match
  • 19,012 were witness to this, this … performance

For the loyal Swallows followers out there, please let one of the founding members of this site, Mr. Watkins, know how you feel about the performance today. He is responsible for jinxing the Birds on Friday afternoon. I of course have asked him, politely, to keep his thoughts to himself for the rest of the season.

Hopefully the Birds will wake up Sunday morning ready to play. Game time is 1 pm and the probable starters will be Masubuchi for Tokyo and Noumi for the bumblebees, I mean Tigers.

About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.

  • What can I say? I am the king of the jinx.

  • Augusttime

    We drove all this way for that crap? Dude – u r so personally reponsible.

  • TokyoIllini

    Glad your jinx only worked for one game.  Don’t try that again!

  • Seth

    So grim. If anyone wants to subject themselves to the lowlights: http://bit.ly/otrioT

  • My jinxes are fast acting but thankfully lasting effects are usually minimal.

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