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Yakult Swallows 3 – Hanshin Tigers 2 (September 11, 2010)

by on Sep.11, 2010 @ 4:00 am, under Game Summaries, NPB

Yakult Swallows vs Hanshin Tigers @ Koshien Stadium - 14:00

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 2
Hanshin 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0

Attendance: 46922 | Hanshin leads series, 13-9-0 | Time: 3:14

Potential Starters: Shohei Tateyama (YAK) 8-6, 3.74 - Ikketsu Sho (HAN)


Hitting (LOB: 6, DPs in: 4th)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(CF) Aoki, Norichika 2-for-3, 1 R 1: G4, 3: 1B, 6: BB, 8: 1B
(2B) Tanaka, Hiroyasu 0-for-3 1: G6, 3: G6, 6: G6, 8: S3
(RF) Iihara, Yasushi 0-for-2, 1 RBI 1: BB (SB), 4: BB, 6: G1, 8: G4
(1B) Whitesell, Josh 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI 1: G6, 4: SO, 7: F8, 8: HR
1B Takeuchi, Shinichi 0-for-0
(LF) Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro 0-for-3 2: G4, 4: DP, 7: BB, 8: F6
P Masubuchi, Tatsuyoshi 0-for-0
P Lee, Hei-Chun 0-for-0
P Matsuoka, Kenichi 0-for-0
P Lim, Chang-Yong 0-for-0
(C) Aikawa, Ryoji 0-for-3 2: G6, 5: G4, 7: F7, 9: BB
(3B) Miyamoto, Shinya 1-for-3 2: G4, 5: SO, 7: 1B, 9: S1
(SS) Kawabata, Shingo 0-for-2 3: G5, 5: G4
PH Matsumoto, Yuichi 0-for-1 7: SO
SS Onizaki, Yuji 0-for-1 9: SO
(P) Tateyama, Shohei 0-for-2 3: SO, 6: G1
PH-LF Fukuchi, Kazuki 0-for-1, 1 R 8: HBP, 9: SO


Tateyama, Shohei, W 7 99 27 25 4 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 3.518
Masubuchi, Tatsuyoshi 0/3 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.580
Lee, Hei-Chun, H 1/3 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 10.286
Matsuoka, Kenichi, H 2/3 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.508
Lim, Chang-Yong, S 1 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.459
9 124 35 32 5 0 5 1 0 2 0 0 2 0


Hitting (LOB: 6, DP: 0)

Pos Player Name Performance Results
(RF-LF) Murton, Matt 2-for-4 1: 1B, 3: SO, 5: E5, 8: 1B
(2B) Hirano, Keiichi 0-for-3 1: G1, 3: L3, 5: G4, 8: S2
(SS) Toritani, Takashi 0-for-3 1: BB, 4: L5, 6: SO, 8: E6
(3B) Arai, Takahiro 0-for-4 1: SO, 4: G6, 6: F4, 8: f3
(1B) Brazell, Craig 1-for-4 1: G4, 4: F8, 6: 1B, 8: G4
(LF) Kanemoto, Tomoaki 1-for-3, 1 R 2: SO, 5: 1B, 6: G3
CF Asai, Ryo 0-for-0
PH Lin, Wei-Chu 0-for-1 9: F9
(C) Jojima, Kenji 1-for-4, 1 R 2: G4, 5: 1B, 7: G4, 9: F3
(CF-RF) Fujikawa, Shunsuke 0-for-2 2: G3, 5: S5, 7: G5
PH Hiyama, Shinjiro 0-for-1 9: F9
(P) Messenger, Randy 0-for-2 3: G6, 5: SO
PH Saka, Katsuhiko 0-for-1 7: G4
P Fujikawa, Kyuji 0-for-0
P Kubota, Tomoyuki 0-for-0


Messenger, Randy 7 107 26 22 2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.836
Fujikawa, Kyuji, L 1 15 6 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 1.811
Kubota, Tomoyuki 1 17 4 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.917
9 139 36 28 4 1 6 5 1 2 0 0 3 3



Scoring Summary

Bottom of the 5th - 2 runs, 2 hits
Tateyama on the mound for Yakult
Kanemoto hits a single to center. Jojima hits a single to left, runners on first and second. S. Fujikawa hits a sac bunt, runners on second and third. Messenger strikes out swinging. Murton reaches on a fielding error (E5) and two runs score, runner on first. Hirano grounds out to second.

Top of the 8th - 3 runs, 2 hits
Fujikawa on the mound for Hanshin
Fukuchi, pinch-hitting for Tateyama, gets hit by a pitch. Aoki hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Tanaka hits a sac bunt, runners on second and third. Iihara drives in a run with a ground out to second, runner on third. Whitesell hits a 2-run homer. Hatakeyama flies out to short.

Missed Opportunities

Top of the 1st
Aoki grounds out to second. Tanaka grounds out to short. Iihara walks and steals second. Whitesell grounds out to short.

Bottom of the 1st
Murton hits a single to center. Hirano fails to advance the runner on a sac bunt, runner on first. Toritani walks, runners on first and second. Arai strikes out swinging. Brazell grounds out to second.

Top of the 6th
Tateyama grounds out to the pitcher. Aoki walks. Tanaka grounds out to the short, runner on second. Iihara grounds out to the pitcher.

Top of the 7th
Whitesell flies out to center. Hatakeyama walks. Aikawa flies out to left. Miyamoto hits a single to right, runners on first and third. Yuichi, pinch-hitting for Kawabata, strikes out swinging.

Bottom of the 8th
Murton hits a single to center.
Pitching change: Lee in for Masubuchi.
Hirano hits a sac bunt, runner on second. Toritani reaches on a fielding error (E6), runners on first and second.
Pitching change: Matsuoka in for Lee.
Arai fouls out to first. Brazell grounds out to short.

Top of the 9th
Aikawa walks and advances to second on a sac bunt by Miyamoto. Onizaki strikes out swinging. Fukuchi strikes out swinging.


The Swallows won their 2nd straight game and are now 61-59-4 (4th place). ... The Tigers are 1-3-1 over their last 5 games and are now 67-54-3 (2nd place).

Tateyama (YAK) got the win and is now 9-6 on the year.  Against the Tigers, he's now 3-0 in 3 starts this season. Tateyama is 5-1 in 6 starts since his return to the active roster.  Lim (YAK) saved his 29th game of the year. ... Fujikawa (HAN) took the loss in relief and is now 3-3.

For Fujikawa (HAN), this was the first time he gave up a lead-changing homer in his career.  And the last time he gave up 3 runs in one inning was back on 6/8/2005 (vs Orix).

Home runs
YAK: Whitesell (14)

11 comments on “Yakult Swallows 3 – Hanshin Tigers 2 (September 11, 2010)

  1. fordmo47

    Just to let you know that there are also Japanaese baseball enthusiasts even in the Philippines. This game was televised on NHK World that was I was able to watch it.

    Tough game for messenger!

  2. fordmo47

    In the Philippines, NHK World only shows the Saturday afternoon games occasionally and on a semi-regular basis. I always have to be on the look-out whether they will have a baseball game or not on the afternoon time slot.

    It is very much unlike BS1, where ther are more games to watch. I have been following japanese baseball since 1994 and I have been watching Hideki Matsui when he was with the Yomiuri Giants and Ichiro Suzuki, when he was with the Oryx Blue-Wave.

    I only get to know the player’s names when their backs are in front of the camera. Its quite a good thing that I have read somewhere that the Kintetsu Buffalos merged with the Oryx team because I never enjoyed watching Kintetsu because the backs of their uniforms only show the player’s numbers.

    By the way,my wife and I enjoyed our visit to Osaka last April so good luck to the Hanshin Tigers despite the heartbreaking loss last Saturday.

    1. Gen Post author

      Are you a fan of a particular team? Or just a general fan (as in, you more or less like all 12 NPB and don’t really have any favorites).

      Are there any players you enjoy watching right now?

    2. Gen Post author

      If you mean legally, I’m not 100% sure but there is a cable / DISH Network channel called TV Japan that may offer some games. They might be worth looking into.

      Other options may not always be so dependable.

      If you don’t mind watching old games (that is, anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the mail carrier), you could always try to find someone in Japan to record them for you and send them to you.

  3. fordmo47


    My curiosity struck me while watching the game and reading your boxscore. Are Chinese and Korean players considered as gaijin in Japanese baseball or is the 3 Foreign players rule with at least 1 being a pitcher no longer in practice?

    1. fordmo47


      I am not a fan of any particular team although as a fan of the underdog, I feel a little joyful each time I see a Yomiuri loss. Moreso if I see Kroon blow a save situation.

    2. Gen Post author

      I know a number of people in Japan that are fans of any team that beats the Giants. In other words, they’re always rooting for the team playing against the Giants.

      As for your question about foreign players… Each team can carry up to 4 foreign players on the roster, but not all 4 can be pitchers or positions players. So the extremes would be 3 pitchers and 1 position player or 3 position players and 1 pitcher.

      Any player that doesn’t have Japanese citizenship is considered a foreign player. There are ways to get around that though.

      According to the NPB charter, any player that can claim one of the following can also qualify as a non-foreigner:
      – before signing a contract: attended a total 3 or more years of junior high, high school, junior college (including technical school) in Japan or
      – before signing a contract: attended 4 or more years of college in Japan, or
      (in both of the above cases, the schools need to be properly registered with either the Japan High School Baseball Federation or the All Japan University Baseball Federation)
      – before signing a contract: lived in Japan for 5 or more years years and spent 3 or more seasons playing for a team registered with the Japan Amateur Baseball Association, or
      – after signing a contract: earned their domestic FA option (for example: Alex Ramirez), or
      – a player that is selected in the draft but has not fulfilled either of the first two items on the list can apply the years they spent in school towards a 5-year-rule that qualifies them for non-foreign player status. That is, they earn non-foreign player status if the total of their schooling plus the number of years they are on an NPB roster is equal to 5 or more years.

  4. fordmo47


    Thank you for the information regarding imports. The last game NHK World aired before this game between the Tigers and the Swallows was Yu Darvish’s last start in August, which unfortunately he lost because he gave up some runs early in his start. All the while I thought he was a gaijin pitcher until I researched further on his biography.

    Even in the Philippines there are illegal cable carriers which carry both BS 1 and BS 2. I loved those 2 stations but our legal cable carrier ceased airing these channels on July 1, 1997. The first Japanese game I ever watched was in the Lenten season of 1995 where I saw Kevin Mitchell playing for the Daiei Hawks.

    After watching a lot of Japanese baseball games, I only kept score whenever I am able to catch a game from the very first pitch on a Sunday only. NHK, when airing baseball games on other days, unfortunately gives the news for about 20 minutes and when they resume the game being aired, a lot of things have been missed. And I couldn’t care less about highlights only, I want to keep score and record every at bat.

    1. Gen Post author

      I wonder why NHK stopped broadcasting BS 1 and 2 in the Philippines. Is Japanese programming fairly popular in the Philippines? I used to work in TV programming sales for Asia and remember selling a couple of Japanese dramas to one or two Philippines TV stations. I think Japanese dramas tend to be fairly popular in Asian countries, but I wasn’t really sure about Japanese sports.

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