Swallows acquire INF Takahiro Imanami from the Fighters

In a bit of a surprise move, the Swallows announced a trade with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters this morning. The trade will send RHP Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi to Hokkaido in return for INF Takahiro Imanami. After getting drafted out of high school in the 2006 draft, Masubuchi wallowed as a spot starter for the first […]

Apr 21st 2013, @ Hanshin

April 21st, 2013   Tokyo Swallows 0 Hanshin Tigers 5 Streak: Lost 5  Last 5: LLLLL (Koshien) And it’s five losses in a row after another rough day at the plate for your Tokyo Swallows. Yup, just three hits. All three hits were doubles (one each for Morioka, Milledge, and Tanaka). Hanshin rookie, Fujinami, only […]

9/21/12 – Yomiuri (Away)

September 21st, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 4 Yomiuri Giants 6 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL (Tokyo Dome) I want to be remain thankful and happy that the birds swept the last two series at a time when they really needed to. But no, it’s hard to be grateful when you drop the game that ensures […]

5/28/12 – Tohoku (Home)

May 28th, 2012 Tohoku Eagles 7 Tokyo Swallows 1 (Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium) Okay ladies and gentlemen, let’s take stock of the last few games shall we? Are you ready? Then let’s begin. Count along with me: Yes, if my counting skills are not too rusty, I make that nine. Nine losses on the trot. […]

5/19/12 – Orix (Home)

May 19th, 2012 Orix Buffaloes 6 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3  Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: DLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After a busy week of two polar opposite games against the iPhone Hawks, Tokyo played host to the B’s. Tonight started out well for both starting pitchers, with Roman getting the edge over Kisanuki in the […]

4/30/12 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 30th, 2012    Tokyo Swallows 7  Hiroshima Carp 1 Streak: Won 1       Last 5: DWWLW (Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima) Yesterday Tokyo ran headlong into a masterful performance by early rookie-of-the-year candidate, Yusuke Nomura. The 22-year-old drafted out of Meiji University threw his slider wherever he wanted and induced 14 groundouts from the […]

04/24/12 – Chunichi (Home)

April 24th, 2012 Chunichi Dragons 1 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Won 4  Last 5: LWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After the confidence boosting and oh so pleasurable home sweep this last weekend against Yomiuri, Tokyo kept the momentum rolling with a relatively straightforward victory against the reigning CL chuamps. After Tateyama made light work of the first three […]

4/22/12 – Yomiuri (Home)

April 22nd, 2012 Yomiuri Giants  2 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Won 3  Last 5: WLWWW (Jingu Stadium) Sweep! Sweep! Sweep! Sweep! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeep! Roman finally got his first NPB ‘W’ in his fourth start of the year and second this week. Despite the rain, this was another enjoyable game to watch for the Swallows fans in […]

4/19/12 Hanshin (Away)

April 19th, 2012 Tokyo Swallows  3 Hanshin Tigers  4 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Koshien Stadium) Ishikawa and the Swallows lose a back-and-forth affair at a windy Koshien. The Swallows struck first in this game in the second. After Kawabata walked to lead off the inning, Miyamoto got career hit number 1987 to put […]

03/31/12 Yomiuri (Away)

March 30th, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 6 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Won 2  Last 5: WW— (Tokyo Dome) After last night’s strong pitching win, the bats came alive to cover for one shaky inning by Muranaka. Both teams came out with the same lineup as yesterday, with sophomore Sawamura pitching for the Giants and Muranaka starting […]