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Yakult Swallows: April 3, 2010

by on Apr.03, 2010 @ 8:00 pm, under NPB

=== 4/4/2010 3:22am JST

...The last time the Swallows came back to win a game on a pinch-hit, walk-off home run was back on 6/3/1970 (vs Hiroshima).

=== 8:00pm JST

...From Saturday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars:

...The Swallows beat the Bay Stars, 13-12.

...The Swallows were 16-for-41 in the game with nine extra base hits (five home runs and four doubles).

...It was Ryohei Kawamoto's pinch-hit, walk-off 2-run blast in the bottom of the 9th (off Shun Yamaguchi) that sealed the game for the Swallows.

...Yoshinori Sato followed up a very good start against the Yomiuri Giants, with a very bad start against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  Stability appears to be the one thing missing from Yoshinoi's pro career so far.

Final line: 2 IP, 17 BF, 67 NP, 11 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 8 R, 8 ER.

...Masanori Ishikawa earned his domestic FA option on Friday.  He is also in the middle of a four-year deal deal.

...The Swallows found themselves in first place on Friday, the first time since 4/1/2006.