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Yakult Swallows: May 6, 2010

by on May.06, 2010 @ 1:19 pm, under NPB

5/7/2010 12:03am JST

...The Swallows submitted a request to the commissioner's office on Thursday, asking for improvements in the quality of umpires.  The Swallows decided to file the request after Atsushi Fujimoto was called out on a play at home.  Fujimoto felt he was safe and made physical contact (pushing and shoving).  He was immediately thrown out of the game.  He was later fined 200,000 yen and given a stern warning for his ejection.  Footage of the play was also submitted.  (I found a YouTube clip of the play.)

5/6/2010 1:19pm JST

...12-21-1 (6th place):  The Swallows went 1-7 (one rain-out) over their 9-game campaign, losing all three of their series: Hanshin Tigers (0-2), Yokohama Bay Stars (1-2) and Yomiuri Giants (0-3).

Notable Pitchers

Masato Nakazawa - 1 G, 1-0, 7 IP, 2 ER
Tony Barnette - 2 G, 0-1, 8.1 IP, 13 ER
Masanori Ishikawa - 2 G, 0-2, 12.2 IP, 7 ER

Notable Offensive Players

Tsuyoshi Ueda - 7 G, 5-for-14 (.357), 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Norichika Aoki - 8 G, 9-for-30 (.300), 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
Jamie D'Antona - 6 G, 1-for-12 (.083), 0 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Aaron Guiel - 5 G, 0-for-17 (.000), 0 R, 0 R, 0 RBI

Notable Stats

22 runs scored
5 home runs
52 runs allowed

...Shigeru Takada's comments on the team's current status:

"We have been losing came in the same way.  We have hit rock-bottom.  Inter-league begins soon and that  means we won't have to worry about the Giants for a little while.  We need to get back to winning."