8/24/12 – Chunichi (Away)

August 24th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 0

Chunichi Dragons 2

Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: LDLLL

(Nagoya Dome)

After struggling in a 3-game set against the first place newspaper boys of Tokyo, the Birds headed south to face the Kansai Chubu paper boys in Nagoya.

W: Tanaka (5-8) L: Akagawa (6-6) S: Iwase (30)

Akagawa pitched seven solid innings but was unable to get any support on the offensive side. The birds hitters only mustered three hits throughout the night, while the (the ugliest looking excuse of a mascot this writer has seen) Dragons knocked 8 hits around the field.

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Milledge LF 1Oshima CF
2Ueda CF
2Araki 2B
3Kawabata 3B3Wada LF
4Hatakeyama 1B4Morino 3B
5Takeuchi RF5Ibata SS
6Tanaka 2B6Yamasaki 1B
7Morioka SS7Tanishige C
8Nakamura C8Hirata RF
9Akagawa P9Tanaka P

I have to say the highlight of this game was seeing both teams wearing throw-back uniforms.

Akagawa wonders why his offensive support disappeared.

Akagawa wonders why his offensive support disappeared.


The Kansai Chubu newspaper smurfs would score the first of two runs in the bottom half of the first. Oshima started the inning off with a double. He would move to third on a bunt from Araki. Wada would then walk to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Morino would hit a grounder towards second and would be thrown out at first. Oshima would score on the play as Wada advanced to second.1 – 0 Chunichi

Ibata would walk before Yamasaki would fly out to end the inning.

The Birds threatened in the top half of the second but stranded two runners. That would be the last time a Swallowers batter made it past second.

Both pitchers performed fairly well over the next few innings. Akagawa would make another mistake in the bottom of the 5th. Hirata was the first batter he faced. Hirata hit the 3rd pitch he saw into the left-center bleachers to give the Kansai Chubu newspaper smurfs a 2 run lead.  2 – 0 Chunichi

The Birds went down in order the next two innings before they finally got a runner on first in the 8th via a walk. The ensuing batters, though, went down in order. The same thing happened in the ninth.

That said, after the fifth inning, the Kansai Chubu newspaper smurfs didn’t do much of anything either. The only thing left to report was that Iwase pitched the ninth for his 30th save of the season.

Number 30 for me.

Number 30 for me.


  • 3 frickin hits was all we could muster
  • We need some offense bats asap, and it looks like Coco will be back in uniform sometime next week.
  • 27,627 folks were witness to this “game”
  • Tanaka Kenichi and Hirata Ryousuke were the heros of this game.
  • Both teams will go at it again tomorrow at 2pm
  • Tateyama is the scheduled starter for Tokyo. He will be facing Iwata.
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.

  • Christopher

    Chunichi are not a Kansai team – they are a Chubu team

  • joe_taku


  • Rob

    Dear “offense”,

    I just wanted to say thanks for the two
    hits you got for me yesterday. I know you usually take the night off when I
    pitch, so it means a lot to me.

    You got three hits for Akagawa the day
    before, but I can’t complain. At least you gave me one run, so we didn’t get
    shut out for a second night in a row.

    I can’t tell you much about batting. I’m
    1-for-2012 so far. But the long sticks? The wooden things? RTFM, guys. Hope you
    can figure them out before my next start.

    I see you got six hits today – and two
    whole runs! You guys eating your Wheaties or what? Keep up the good work!



    •  Haha, poor Shohei! At least they gave you got the sac-fly. I can’t remember the last time that these poor saps scored the winning run with one of those…

      Rooting for this team without Shinya-san and Coco has been hard. Good thing that work has been super busy for me these two months, and I didn’t have to follow these guys as religiously as usual.

      Props to Shohei and Muranaka for the shut-outs!

  • Scott Cavanaugh

    @Christopher, thanks for the factual reminder. I suppose my snarky comments should be accurate!!