10/19/11 – Chunichi (Away)

October 19th, 2011

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Chunichi Dragons 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLWWL

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Yoshimi (18-3) L: Akagawa (6-3)

“It’s over folks,” was how Kozo opened his post after Tokyo’s last loss to Chunichi, six days ago. He was very right. Let us hope that whatever kept the Swallows in the lead for so much of the season is being secretly stored up for the postseason.
 Tokyo Chunichi
1Aoki (CF)1Ohshima (CF)
2Ueda (LF)2Iwasaki (SS)
3Tanaka (2B)3Fukuda (3B)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Hirata (RF)
5Balentien (RF)5Saeki (1B)
6Morioka (SS)6Donoue N. (2B)
7Noguchi (3B)7Donoue T. (LF)
8Nakamura (C)8Oyama (C)
9Akagawa (P)9Kawai (P)

.293. Aoki's existential crisis is most other pros' dream.

The first two innings flew by like the stamina of our ailing club, then the scoring started in the third. I trust I needn’t point out which half of the third.

The first pitch went for a single to Donoue the Elder and was followed by an Oyama RBI triple. A bit later, an Ohshima ground out brought Oyama home, too. 2-0 Chunichi.

In the fourth, Aoki sat down, his batting average dropping below .300 at the end of a season for the first time in seven years; Ueda moved to center, Noguchi to left, and Araki came in to play third. Why not give the young guys a shot to play the field? Kyuko also took the mound in the fourth for Tokyo, but it didn’t help a whole lot. He started off by giving up a single to Fukuda, who was immediately (first pitch) brought in by a Hirata triple to the right field fence. Saeki then put the third pitch in almost exactly the same location into deep left for an RBI single. 4-0 Chunichi.

The Dragons continued to supremely suck in the field (seriously, go get drunk and do fungoes in your living room and you’ll be ready to take the field in Nagoya), but Tokyo didn’t even come close to capitalizing on any of the three errors.

Yamamoto pitched the fifth and sixth 1-2-3 for the Swallows, but was left hanging out like David’s dirty underwear on a rainy day. Hidaka traded a hit for a K in the seventh for no damage.

In the seventh, Suzuki took over for Chunichi. In the eighth, he gave up a single to the speedy Noguchi. Ohshima then avoided an E, but fumbled a Fukukawa hit to center, which moved Noguchi to third. Takeuchi was then in for Balentien and sac-flied Noguchi home. Araki GIDPed. 4-1 Chunichi, Final.

Fukuchi got an AB, and got out. Nothing could have counted anyway.

The Birds’ last game of the season will be at home against Hiroshima on the 25th. Here’s how it goes: Cheer for Ogawa, he’s still our man; cheer for the retiring players. Be nice to the Carp.

The Climax Series begins, at Jingu, on Saturday the 29th. Get your Giant-Hater T-shirt now and get to your ticket agent of choice to get your tickets ASAP.

Now take a deep breath and say it with me, Tokyo fans. F”#$%&'())(‘&%&'()=)(‘&%&'())(‘&%$#$%&’!

  • Anonymous

    Hi everyone,

    Question about tickets.  I did an application through the official site for the 29th,30th and 31st, and from what I can read using my limited Japanese (and google translator), they are not going to announce the results of that lottery draw until Saturday 22nd.

    Does that sound correct?

    And if I don’t get what I requested through that, does anyone know from which date Ticket Pia will be selling tickets? (logically I assume not until after the 22nd?).  Also, are tickets on sale at Jingu itself, if so from when?  Any benefit to being a fan club member (earlier chance to buy etc)?

    Just trying to get all the info, don’t want to get it wrong and miss out!  Thanks in advance.


    • You are right about the results of the lottery being announced on the 22nd, and according to the official website, tickets will go on sale at Pia, Lawson, etc. on the 23rd.
      It also says that tickets will not be sold at Jingu. So the only advantage that a fan club member has, is being eligible for the lottery.
      I think PIA and Lawson ticket members have an advantage as well, but I am not sure how to become one or if it’s free of charge.
      Hope this helps.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you Ryo

  • You guys mentioned Ochiai being a huge d*ck in your podcast, but putting Yoshimi in the game in the 5th inning to award him the win, so he can be a title holder in yesterday’s game was a perfect example of him being a huge d*ck. Not that I would have been happier if Utsumi got the title, but still it was such a un-gentlemanly move… Too bad the Swallows bats suck so much right now, that they couldn’t do anything about it…

    I loved listening to the podcast by the way. Great stuff (especially the Ochiai part, of course).

  • and how many times has Iwase earned a save after being brought in with 2 outs in the 9th?