July 3rd 2016, vs. Yomiuri (Akita)

July 3rd, 2016 Yomiuri Giants 3 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 3  Last 5: LLWWW (Akita) The high-flying fifth-place Swallows sought to capitalize on their new momentum by taking lovely Akita by storm. They did. The Scoring: Bottom of the first, one out. Sakaguchi singled to right. Kawabata grounded out. Yamada walked. Yuhei hit an […]

June 26th 2016, vs. Chunichi

June 26th, 2016 Chunichi Dragons 4 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Won 3      Last 5: WLWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Following a comfortable 5-1 victory and a thumping 13-9 victory, the Swallows continued to try inch their way out of the basement by sweeping the Dragons. Questions over the OF remained. Extra-innings victory excitement! A walk-off! The Scoring: […]

June 19th 2016, vs. Saitama

June 19th, 2016 Saitama Lions 7  Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Lost 1      Last 5: LLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Coming off a big win, then a narrow one, the Swallows stood in the rare position of having a shot at a sweep. The persistent drizzle made control tough for pitchers on both teams and the […]

June 17th 2016,vs. Saitama

June 17th, 2016 Saitama Lions 1 Tokyo Swallows  5 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LWLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) While surely still bleeding after last night’s debacle, the Swallows hosted the Lions, hoping for a bit of dignity. The Scoring: Top of the second. No scoring, but Imanami was stretchered off after a collision. […]

June 12th 2016, @ Chiba

June 12th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 1 Chiba Lotte Marines 7 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL (QVC Marine Stadium) The Swallows have rarely had a rosy path through Interleague play. Some games are worse than others, though. Like today’s massacre. The Scoring: Bottom of the first. Kato singled and Takahama bunted him to second. Despaigne […]

May 29th 2016, @ Chunichi

May 29th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 1 Chunichi Dragons 6 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Nagoya Dome) Christopher called yesterday’s game a see-saw. The analogy holds for a series as a whole. Hara had another shaky Sunday, but it was Kyuko was most badly beaten, even though the scorecard will show Matsuoka bleeding the […]

May 27th 2016, @ Chunichi

May 27th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 5 Chunichi Dragons 6 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLWWL (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows began their series in Nagoya with an even record against the Dragons: 3-3, with each team being 2-1 at home and a cumulative run total of 29-26 in favor of Tokyo. Naruse faced Chunichi for […]

May 15th 2016, @ Yomiuri

May 15th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 2 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WWLLL (Musty Pile Adjacent to LaQua) Well, the “Tokyo Series” certainly wasn’t good for Tokyo. I’d groan about Hara, but this one wasn’t all on him. The Scoring: Bottom of the first. And ugly side. Chono doubled off the first pitch […]

May 13th 2016, @ Yomiuri

May 13th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 2 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Egg) In their first trip to the Biggish Egg since opening weekend, the Swallows had some redeeming of themselves to do. (Playing inside a dusty bubble has never been Tokyo’s favorite thing.) Both teams donned their […]

May 8th 2016, @ Hanshin

May 8th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 5 Hanshin Tigers 1 Streak: Won 2  Last 5: LLLWW (Koshien Stadium) Last week, Juri Hara broke his streak of weak starts and notched a win, going deeper into the game than he had to that point. This afternoon, Tokyo was looking to the youngster to be able to establish […]