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. Ishikawa only ended up pitching five innings which gives you […]

Sept 3rd 2014, vs Chunichi

September 3rd, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 3 Tokyo Swallows 7 Streak:  Won 1  Last 5: LWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tokyo rode a surprisingly strong start from Tokuyama and a big sixth inning to a relatively easy victory. Tonite was actually Tokuyama’s first pro win, and it was a well-deserved win at that. An annoying Morino double that […]

Jun 8th 2014, vs Saitama

June 8th, 2014 Saitama Lions 5 Tokyo Swallows 9 Streak: Won 2     Last 5: WDLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows rode strong showings by Kawabata and Morioka at the plate, a big sixth inning, and six decent innings from Yagi to an easy Sunday victory. It was a bit touch-and-go there for a bit […]

May 16th 2014, @ Chunichi

May 16th, 2014  Tokyo Swallows 7 Chunichi Dragons 4 Streak: Won 4  Last 5: LWWWW (Nagoya Dome) The fourth change of venue in four days, and your Tokyo Swallows put together yet another convincing win. And Narveson got his long-overdue first W in Japan. This game was pretty quiet through three, but then Kawabata reached base […]

Apr 26th 2014, vs Chunichi

April 26th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 4 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows finally pulled out a win, mercifully ending a nine-game losing skid. This game was pretty much over after the first inning. Winless Chunichi starter, Ono, was shaky from the start, and the birds milked it for all […]

Monday Bullets #2 (Hatake’s Numbers Edition)

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. I was looking at Hatake’s numbers on Monday and noticed that through 13 games Hatake’s batting average and his on-base percentage were identical. In other words, he […]

Random Stats and Trivia from the First Half

The Swallows have played 82 games prior to the All Star break. The Swallows find themselves in last place at the break for the first time since 1986. What follows is a disjointed list of stats and trivia from the team’s first 82 games. The team’s 32-49-1 record puts them 2 games out of fifth […]

Jul 5th 2013, @ Chunichi

July 5th, 2013  Tokyo Swallows 3   Chunichi Dragons 6 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LWWLL (Nagoya Dome) Tonight the Birds went down to Nagoya hoping to build on their recent series win over Yokohama. However, it wasn’t in the cards. The main headline heading into this evenings performance was the return of Hatakeyama. He […]

May 31st 2013, @ Saitama

May 31st, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 1 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLLWL (Seibu Dome) The Swallows bad fortunes continue at Seibu Dome. After battling all night, the Swallows gave this one away in the bottom of the ninth. Tonight was a pitchers duel for 7 and a half innings. Makita […]

May 17th 2013, vs Chiba

May 17th, 2013   Chiba Lotte Marines 5  Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Last 5: LLLLW  Streak: Won 1 (Jingu Stadium) Tonight saw the Birds battle back in superior fashion and make up for some anti-Swallows calls in the 7th. Ishikawa was on  the hill for the start of the game but didn’t have his best […]