9/22/12 – Yomiuri (Away)

September 22nd, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 9 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WWWLW (Tokyo Dome) This game, played less than 24 hours after the Giants clinched the pennants was a pretty good barometer of which players had too much victory champagne last night. (I think the title goes to Toshiya Sugiuchi.) Meanwhile Ishikawa […]

6/24/12 – Yomiuri (Away)

June 24rd, 2012 Tokyo Swallows 3 Yomiuri Giants 3 Streak: Tied 1  Last 5: WLWLT (Tokyo Dome) The Swallows held leads twice in the game only to give them back, and ended with a disappointing 1-1-1 record against the Giants in the away series. Ishikawa started the game for the Swallows. He did a relatively […]

8/21/11 – Yomiuri (Away)

August 21st, 2011 Tokyo Swallows 3 Yomiuri Giants  1 Streak: Won 1  Last 5: DWLLW (Tokyo Dome) Masubuchi was one out shy of pitching a complete game, and the lackluster Swallows were finally able to win a game at the stain dome. It’s anyone’s guess what got into Masubuchi. Perhaps he was threatened with demotion or […]

8/19/11 Yomiuri (Away)

  August 19th, 2011 Yomiuri Giants 3 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWDWL (Tokyo Dome) After playing the minor leaguers from Yokohama the last three days, Tokyo travelled about 5 km to the Tokyo Dome to play the evil empire. Line-ups  Yakult  Aoki  CF  Tanaka  2B  Kawabata  SS  Hatakeyama  LF  Balentein  RF […]

6/30/11 – Yomiuri (Away)

June 30th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4 Yomiuri Giants 4 Streak: Tied 2 Last 5: WLWDD (Tokyo Dome)   Another day, another draw grasped from the hands of victory. The Swallows seem to be going with a 5-man rotation at least until the return of Muranaka, and have Tateyama start on short (for Japan) rest. […]

Off-Day Rant Against Lazy, Unoriginal, and Otherwise Bad Travel Writing on Japanese Baseball

Call this part of the “There are no ‘Ham Fighters’ or ‘Tokyo Giants’ and the Hanshin Tigers are not the Boston Red Sox of Japan” series of ongoing gripes to which we give voice from time to time. OK, to which I give voice. David and Christopher are off the hook on this one. To […]

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 […]

2008 Asia Series Schedule

The baseball season will draw to a close this weekend with the 2008 Asia Series, pitting the champions of NPB’s Japan Series, KBO’s Korea Series, CPBL’s Taiwan Series, and the CBL champions against one another in a three-day round robin single-game tournament, followed by a one-game championship between the top two teams on Sunday. Sadly, […]

10/22/08 – Central League Climax Series – 2nd Stage – Chunichi vs. Yomiuri (Game 2)

October 22nd, 2008 Chunichi Dragons 4 Yomiuri Giants 3 (Tokyo Dome) Chunichi came up with some clutch play to level this series at one game apiece.* Shockingly, it took Yomiuri starter, Seth Greisinger, 101 pitches to get through four and one-third innings during which he gave up three runs (two earned) off of five hits. […]

9/13/08 – Yomiuri (Away)

September 13th, 2008 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8 Yomiuri Giants 9 Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL (Tokyo Dome) A bunch of close-scoring games recently, and Tokyo just keeps finding itself on the losing end of the stick. This game was no different.