Sept 20th 2014, @ Yomiuri

September 20th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 2 Yomiuri Giants 4 Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: LWLLL (Tokyo Dome) This one began poorly. And your Swallows weren’t able to get a runner on base until the top of the fifth. And in case there was any doubt, we can now confirm that the Swallows have been mathematically eliminated […]

Apr 6th 2014, vs Hanshin

April 6th, 2014 Hanshin Tigers 15 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tokyo sent Nakazawa to the mound for his first start of the season, and the Swallows bats hoped to pile more misery on Hanshin’s Enokida who entered the game with a 12.50 ERA. But alas, it was […]

Aug 18th 2013, @ Hanshin

August 18th, 2013 Tokyo Swallows 2 Hanshin Tigers 6 Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL (Kyocera Dome) Attempting to avoid the sweep, your birds sent Nakazawa to the mound. It was just his third appearance of the 2013 campaign, and over his eight innings of work he’d posted a 7.88 ERA with a record of […]

The Monday Review #2

Welcome to the Monday Review, in which we’ll look back at the week that was and look ahead to the week that will be. We hope a recurring weekly review column will help readers identify some trends that can’t be covered in a single game report. We’re still trying to work out the format, so […]

10/5/10 – Hanshin (Home)

October 5th, 2010 Hanshin Tigers 17 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Oh dear. Let’s keep this short shall we? Okay, it’s a deal. Aoki (CF) Fukuchi (LF) Hatakeyama (3B) D’Antona (1B) Ihara (RF) Tanaka (2B) Morioka (SS) Fukukawa (C) Nakazawa (P) With Hanshin still chasing 2nd […]

9/5/10 — Yokohama (Away)

September 5th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Yokohama BayStars 6 Streak: Tied 1    Last 5: WDWLD (Yokohama) The Swallows drew the BayStars to a 6-all tie in Yokohama. The game was pretty much one big personality test, you’d see the results completely differently depending on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist. Tokyo’s lineup: […]

8/21/10 – Chunichi (Away)

August 21st, 2010 Chunichi Dragons 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LWWWL (Nagoya Dome) With a .500 record on the line, Nakazawa and the Swallows aren’t able to take home the win in a tough luck loss to the Dragons. The Swallows started their usual lineup of: Aoki CF Tanaka […]

8/7/10 – Yokohama (Away)

August 7th, 2010 Tokyo Swallows 10 Yokohama BayStars 7 Streak: Won 5   Last 5: WWWWW (Yokohama Stadium) After last night’s drubbing handed out to the Baystars, tonight’s game was more of a tightly contested affair despite Tokyo outhitting the opposition 17-9. But in the end class told as the Swallows came out on top […]

7/15/10 – Chunichi (Away)

July 15th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9 Chunichi Dragons 4 Streak: Won 5   Last 5: WWWWW (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows managed to put the finishing touches on their third five-game winning streak of the season (all of them in the post-Takada era) while taking full advantage of every opportunity given to them. Tonight’s lineup: […]

7/7/10 – Hanshin (Away)

July 7th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Hanshin Tigers 3 Streak: Lost 3  Last 5: WWLLL (Koshien) Tokyo fell to their third straight loss as they again struggled to get their offence working against Hanshin at Koshien. With Whitesell out of action after taking one on the knee the evening prior, it was a case of “as […]