Strong start carries Carp past Swallows

Sep 25, 2014

Strong start carries Carp past Swallows

Eishin Soyogi homered, tripled and doubled on Thursday to power the Hiroshima Carp to a 9-1 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and keep his team’s slim chances of a Central League pennant alive. Soyogi capped a four-run first inning at Jingu Stadium with ...

Sep 22, 2014

Swallows skipper Ogawa to step down

The Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Monday accepted manager Junji Ogawa’s decision to resign at the end of the season due to the cellar-dwelling club’s poor results. “I think we are where we are as a result of my managing,” Ogawa told a ...

Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Sep 20, 2014

Giants punch ticket to CL playoffs

Right-hander Yuki Koyama allowed a run in eight innings on Saturday as the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the last-place Tokyo Yakult Swallows 4-2. Koyama (6-1) allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out five as the Giants clinched a spot in the ...

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Aug 16, 2014

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Daisuke Yamai held Japan’s best-hitting team to two hits over the distance as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Yamai, who once combined with reliever Hitoki Iwase for a perfect game in the Japan Series and threw a ...

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

Aug 9, 2014

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

by Jason Coskrey

On a somewhat muggy Friday night in Yokohama, Masanori Ishikawa strode to the center of the diamond at Yokohama Stadium, bent down and bounced the rosin bag around in his hand a few times — seemingly every pitch later that night was accompanied by ...

Muranaka tames Tigers in rout

Jul 31, 2014

Muranaka tames Tigers in rout

Kyohei Muranaka allowed one unearned run over eight sharp innings, Wladimir Balentien homered, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows turned a close game into an 8-1 rout of the Hanshin Tigers to clinch the three-game series on Thursday night. Muranaka (1-2), who returned to the ...

Yamada beginning to flex muscles for Swallows

Jul 23, 2014

Yamada beginning to flex muscles for Swallows

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada has been full of surprises since earning the Central League club’s regular second base job a year ago, and his home run in the second game of the All-Star Series last Saturday shows we never quite know what ...

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Jul 14, 2014

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Masanori Ishikawa got more than enough run support against fellow lefty Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuto Yamada homered and drove in three runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows ran roughshod over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants in a 12-1 rout on Monday night. With the victory, ...

Swallows rout Marines

Jun 25, 2014

Swallows rout Marines

Left-hander Masanori Ishikawa pitched seven innings of one-run ball, Yuhei Takai homered and drove in five runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows thumped the Chiba Lotte Marines 14-3 as the two clubs wrapped up their final interleague game on Wednesday. Each of the Swallows’ ...

Huffman gets slam as Marines rout Swallows

Jun 23, 2014

Huffman gets slam as Marines rout Swallows

Craig Brazell and Chad Huffman both homered and drove in six runs between them in support of lefty Yoshihisa Naruse, who limited the damage to two runs over seven frames as the Chiba Lotte Marines routed the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 10-3 in an interleague ...