May 3rd 2013, @ Hanshin

May 3rd, 2013


Tokyo Swallows 3

Hanshin Tigers 14

Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: WWLLL


After losing the last couple of games by one run, this one was over after just two innings.

W: Messenger (4-0; 4.622) L: Ishikawa (2-3; 3.057)

Tokyo would take the early lead in this one but that lead didn’t last.

 Tokyo Hanshin
1Tanaka H. (2B)1Nishioka (2B)
2Hiyane (CF)2Maeda (CF)
3Milledge (LF)3Toritani (SS)
4Balentien (RF)4Murton (LF)
5Hatakeyama (1B)5Arai R. (3B)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Fukudome (RF)
7Morioka (SS)7Arai T (1B)
8Nakamura (C)8Fujii (C)
9Ishikawa (P)9Messenger (P)
RP: Oba, Oshimoto, KyukoRP: Tsutsui, Tamaki

Folks, baseball is a funny game. One day your players are hitting everything and anything. The next, they can’t hit water falling out of a boat. Today was the later for the Tokyo bats.

As you can see from the box score, this game was pretty much over after two innings. It was really over after three.

Not much to say about this one. It was so bad, that even the “lip sauce” Messenger reached base. And he didn’t do it just once. He reached TWICE IN ONE INNING (the second; single and a walk) and again in the third (walk). Here is his line for the day at the plate:

1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 run

It gets even worse. Here was the total pitching line for the Birds (4 pitchers in total):

Innings: 8

Number of pitches: 210

Batters faced: 53

Hits allowed: 19

Walks: 9

Strikeouts: 6

Earned runs: 11

210 pitches in only 8 innings! Pretty much tells the story. It was a rough one.

Let’s hope tomorrow will bring a change of fortune for the Birds.


  • 45,726 individuals attended this game
  • it lasted just under 4 hours
  • Hanshin now leads the season series 5-2
  • Tomorrow will see the same teams battle it out. 1st pitch is at 2pm and you are scheduled to see Ogawa against 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.