5/21/11 – Tohoku Rakuten (Away)

May 21st, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 Streak: Lost 3   Last 5: WWLLL (Kleenex Stadium Miyagi)   The Swallows looked to bounce back after two close losses to two of Japan’s premiere pitchers by sending their lefty ace Ishikawa, fresh off his 100th career win, onto the mound. Rakuten […]

Online Yakyu Writer Insights: NPB Moving Forward?

Tokyo Swallows fans witnessed it all in 2010: the resumption of the 2009 slump which ended up consuming the first two months of 2010; a change in manager; the addition of a cleanup bat; veteran pitchers refinding their form; an authoritative return to winning; and a bit of flirtation with the third and final playoff spot. With any luck, 2011 […]

Breaking News: Swallows acquire Kouki Watanabe

The Swallows are reporting that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Kouki Watanabe through a trade with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. In return, the Swallows will be sending right-handed pitcher Yuuya Kamada to the Eagles. Watanabe is in his sixth year of pro ball and has been used exclusively as a reliever by the Eagles. In […]

6/13/10 – Rakuten (Away)

June 13th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW (Kleenex Stadium Miyagi) Hats off to the birds for the current winning streak which ties their season-best of four games. And may I remind you that the last two wins came against Iwakuma and Tanaka, two […]

6/12/10 – Rakuten (Away)

June 12th, 2010 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1 Streak: Won 3   Last 5: WLWWW (Kleenex Stadium Miyagi) The Swallows now have themselves a three-game winning streak–a feat that first took place back in March after an opening day defeat. That first three-game run was extended to four, but that fourth […]

5/27/10 – Tohoku (Home)

June 27th, 2010 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3 Streak: Tied 1   Last 5: LLLLD (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Welcome to the first game of the post-Takada era. Glass is half-full version: Tokyo didn’t lose. Starting lineup: 1. Tanaka 2B 2. Ueda LF 3. Aoki CF 4. D’Antona 1B 5. Guiel RF […]

5/26/10 – Tohoku (Home)

May 26th, 2010 Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 9   Last 5: LLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After last Saturday’s debacle at Chiba, Tokyo had to pick themselves up off the floor and try to soldier on, despite today’s devastating news that Takada hadn’t resigned after all (Takada Count: 9). […]

2010 Interleague Preview

Tomorrow, weather permitting, the 6 Central League teams will play host to the 6 Pacific League teams, kicking off 5 weeks of Interleague play. This post will hopefully give you some information you will find useful.

Off-Day Pissing Contest

I’m starting an irregular tradition, although there are better things, even on this site, I could be doing with my time. I’m giving our loyal and friendly readers, which would be you, something to talk about on a day with no game. I’m going to pathetically brag, in the hope that you will one up […]

6/06/09 – Tohoku Rakuten (Home)

June 6th, 2009  Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1  Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW (Jingu Stadium) Today was a good day. So far in the Interleague campaign, the Swallows have been humbled by the best pitching the PL has to offer. Tanaka, Darvish, Sugiuchi and Wakui have all had their way […]