04/06/12 Chunichi (Away)

April 6th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 0

Chunichi Dragons 1

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLDLL

(Nagoya Dome)

W: Yoshimi (2-0) L: Roman (0-1) S: Iwase (3)

 Swallows Dragons
12B Tanaka
12B Araki
2CF Ueda2CF Oshima
3LF Milledge33B Morino
41B Hatakeyama41B Yamasaki
5SS Kawabata5LF Wada
63B Miyamoto6SS Ibata
7RF Balentien7RF Hirata
8C Aikawa8C Tanishige
9P Roman9P Yoshimi

Tonight was the regular season debut for Roman. After a tough opening inning, he settled down and pitched six strong innings.

The Swallows opened the game by going down in order. In the home half of the first, the Dragons got a run early. The inning started off with Araki reaching base on a single to right. He was bunted over to second by Oshima. Roman walked Morino to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Former Rakuten big man, Yamasaki was up next. He flew out to left for the second out. Although he was a bit jittery to start the game, Roman looked to be settling down. He was one out away from getting out of the early jam. The next batter, Wada, would be a tough out.  They were battling and with the count 2-2, Wada got the upper hand. He hit a liner to left that scored Araki from second. 1-0 Chunichi.

Ibata would end the inning by lining out to 1st.

The next few innings were a good time to eat some food for the patrons in attendance because not much happened until the bottom of the 7th. Roman gave up two hits to start the inning. Tanishige bunted them over to 2nd and 3rd. That also meant the end of the evening for Roman. Hidaka replaced him on the mound. He promptly walked the batter, Fujii to load the bases. Hidaka’s job done, he was replaced by Oshimoto.

Side note. I can volunteer my services to come into any game and throw 4 balls for the unintentional intentional walk for any team. Please contact me at i_will_walk_all_batters@gmail.com

Sorry, back to the game.

Araki was the first man to face Oshimoto. He flew out to Ueda in center. Thinking that young Ueda did not have much of an arm, Ibata tried to tag-up and score from third base. MISTAKE!!! Inning ending double-play reads on the score sheet “8-2”. It was a great throw by Ueda and and a great tag by “El Capitan”, Aikawa.

The Birds would make some noise in the top half of the 8th but were eventually shut down by Asao. Iwase closed out the game for his 3rd save of the season. 1-0 Chunichi, FINAL.

Unfortunately, the Swallows bats did not make it to Nagoya in time for the game. As such, the Birds were unable to really do any damage against Yoshimi and the rest of the Dragons staff. Which meant that the Swallows were shut out for the first time this season.

But, tomorrow is a new day. My sources have confirmed that there has been a recent delivery of baseball equipment to the Swallows locker room at Nagoya Dome and that their bats were included in that delivery.

Let’s hope we see more pain and suffering like this:


  • Miyamoto went hitless for the second straight evening. He is still 17 hits away from the magic 2,000
  • 28457 people paid to watch this affair
  • The game lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes.
  • Tomorrow’s starters are Muranaka for the Swallows and MLB returnee Kawakami for the Dragons
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.

  • EtsukoKoiso

    This photo of Hirata’s header is exactly what I wanted! 
    In case you don’t know Dragons infielder (now a batting coach) Masaru Uno’s sensational header in 1981, take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88ol0ZQaqHU.

    • Tokyofatso

      Thanks, Etsuko. That was good fun.