Sept 19th 2014, @ Yomiuri

September 19th, 2014


Tokyo Swallows 3

Yomiuri Giants 6

Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: DLWLL

(Tokyo Dome)

A pair of two-run innings midway through the game for the Giants put this one out of reach. Utsumi got his sixth win of the year in the process.

W: Utsumi (6-8; 3.02 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (10-9; 4.67)
S: Mathieson (6-6 28 S; 3.47 ERA)

Ishikawa only ended up pitching five innings which gives you a pretty clear indication of how this evening went under the tent.

Yamada (2B)1Chono (CF)
Kawabata (3B)2Hashimoto (RF)
Iihara (RF)3Sakamoto (SS)
Balentien (LF)4Abe (1B)
Yuhei (CF)5Murata (3B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Kamei (LF)
Nakamura (C)7Kataoka (2B)
Taniuchi (SS)8Kato (C)
Ishikawa (P)9Utsumi (P)

The yuckiness began in the fourth with Murata and Kamei moving into scoring position with no outs on the board. Backup catcher, Kato, brought in the game’s first run with a single, and then Utsumi executed a perfect squeeze bunt with one out to bring Kamei home as well.

0-2 Gomiuri

Sakamoto led off the fifth with a double, and then Abe (playing first base today), feasted on an Ishikawa ‘oops’ offering. It was his 18th homer of the season.


Kawasaki pinch hit for Ishikawa to start the top of the sixth, and he reached base on an infield single. Two outs later, Iihara singled to left which plated the visitors’ first run.

Utsumi didn't suck today.

Utsumi didn’t suck today. Perfect squeeze bunt.


But Shichijo allowed two singles and two walks, the second of which came with two outs and the bases juiced, during his one inning of middle relief.


And the Giants added one final run in the seventh. It ended up being unearned thanks to Yamamoto’s own blunder, but he had already allowed a triple, so there was a pretty good chance that the run would score anyway. It did. Anderson pinch hit single to left.


Tokyo loaded the bases in the eighth, but Iihara’s sac fly with one out was all that they had to show for it by the time they took the field again.


And Hatakeyama hit is 16th homer of the season in the top of the ninth with Nishimura on the mound.

3-6 Final

Ishikawa took the loss after allowing four earned runs over five innings. He allowed eight hits (one dinger), struck out three, and walked two. His ERA relapsed to 4.67 after his 80-pitch effort.

It took Shichijo (3.15 ERA) 34 pitches to get through his one inning of relief. It was just his sixth appearance so far this year, so that might be a contributing factor. The fact that young Tokyo pitchers tend to be a little timid when they pitch at the stain dome might be a contributing factor as well.

Yamamoto (3.79 ERA) needed 29 pitches to make it through the seventh. It was his 46th appearance this year.

Kyuko (5.04 ERA) was out of the eighth after just eight pitches in his 41st appearance.

Yamada was the only player to record more than one hit for the Swallows on offense. He was 2-4 with a pair of singles and a walk.

Iihara deserves a pat on the back for driving in two of the team’s three runs. He was 1-3 with a single and a sac fly.

Your Swallows will try to make amends tomorrow afternoon when they send Ishiyama to the mound to face Koyama.

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