9/4/11 – Yomiuri (Home)

September 4, 2011

Yomiuri Giants  4

Tokyo Swallows  1

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWWWL

(Jingu)

Ishikawa got roughed up, and the birds only managed five hits. Not a whole lot else needs to be said.

 Yomiuri Tokyo
12B Fujimura1CF Aoki
2RF Tani22B Tanaka
3CF Chono3SS Kawabata
4LF Ramirez41B Hatakeyama
5SS Sakamoto5RF Takeuchi
6C Abe63B Miyamoto
71B S. Takahashi7LF Iihara
83B Terauchi8C Aikawa
9P Nishimura9P Ishikawa

Ishikawa was actually perfect through three. In the meantime, Takeuchi single-handedly put the birds out in front in the second with a solo shot to right. It was his second home run of the season, not to mention the same in as many days, and the home side looked confident as their cross-town rivals had trouble on defense early in this contest. 1-0 Tokyo.

But it wasn’t all good. It rarely is. Ramirez drove in a single run in the top of the fourth to level the score. One all.

And he helped fuel a Yomiuri outburst in the seventh that hastened the end of Ishikawa’s evening on the

Balentien pays respect where it's due.

mound.

That inning saw Yomiuri hit back-to-back round-trippers (Ramirez 2-run; Sakamoto solo) to the tune of three runs. 4-1 Final.

After those three hits in the second, Tokyo managed only a solitary hit in the fifth and sixth innings.

The clear standout was Takeuchi who added a triple in the sixth inning to the homer he had hit in the second.

Ishikawa took the loss and his record now stands at 8-7 with a 2.49 ERA. He struck out five and gave up four runs (three earned) off of seven hits.

Aikawa was the only other Tokyo player to collect more than one hit.

The Swallows head to Yokohama on Tuesday for a three-game set versus the BayStars.

Notes:

Naoya Okamoto made his first appearance of the season for the Swallows. He took the mound in the top of the ninth with the Giants trying to add to a three-run advantage. He retired all three batters he faced (one K).

We haven’t spoken to him personally, so there’s no way to know what’s going on, but Aikawa made two very suspect throws to second on attempted (and successful) steals. Maybe it’s the broken thumb?

Arashi is dumb.

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