May 16th 2015, @ Yomiuri

May 16th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 2FYG

Yomiuri Giants 3

Last 9: LLLLLLLLL  Streak: Lost 9

(Tokyo Dome)

And the pain lingers.

W: Sugiuchi (4-1; 3.48 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (2-5; 2.57 ERA)
S: Sawamura (3-2 14S; 1.48 ERA)

Ishikawa had another abbreviated outing while the offense was held to just seven base runners (four hits).

 Tokyo Yomiuri
1Yamada (2B)1Ohta (CF)
2Araki (LF)2Ibata (2B)
3Kawabata (3B)3Kamei (LF)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Sakamoto (SS)
5Yuhei (RF)5Anderson (1B)
6Kawasaki (CF)6Murata (3B)
7Nakamura (C)7Chono (RF)
8Nishiura (SS)8Kobayashi (C)
9Ishikawa (P)9Sugiuchi (P)

Yomiuri took the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to three two-out singles and a walk.  Kamei and Sakamoto notched one RBI each.

0-2 Yomiuri

However, Kawabata drew things level for Ishikawa with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth. Araki also scored on Shingo’s second round-tripper of 2015.


But the game would be put away in the bottom of the same frame when Murata’s lead-off double was followed by Sugiuchi’s RBI single to center. Yes, you read that correctly.


Your Birds were mennacing in the top of the sixth by loading the bases with two outs, but Yuhei flew out to right to quell the threat.

Tokyo will attempt to end their skid in single digits when they face their cross-town rivals once again starting at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon. Ishiyama (2-3; 1.93 ERA) will face Takagi (5-1; 2.19) once again.

*Game Notes:

  • Kawabata was the only Swallow with a multi-hit game. In addition to his home run, he also singled to start the ninth.
  • Hatakeyama was the only other Swallow to reach base twice. He was 0-2 with a pair of walks.
  • Yuhei played the role of Chief Momentum-Pulverizer today. He struck out once and grounded into two double plays. He left a total of four runners on base, and three of his at-bats ended innings (including his game-ending GIDP in the ninth).
  • Ishikawa threw 102 pitches over five innings and was tagged will all three of Yomiuri’s runs. He allowed five hits, struck out three, and walked two.
  • Roman (1.74 ERA) pitched two perfect innings after Ishikawa was removed from the game on offense to start the sixth.
  • Ondrusek (1.96 ERA) pitched a scoreless eighth.
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