9/17/12 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 17th, 2012

Tokyo Swallows 5

Hiroshima Carp 4

Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW

(Mazda Stadium)

The Swallows came into the game 1 game under .500, and 3 games ahead of the Carp in the race for the third and final spot in the Climax Series. The Swallows also found out earlier than the day that Lasting Milledge would be out 2-3 weeks with a left shoulder strain sustained the previous day. Despite missing Milledge, Swallows got some timely hitting and clutch pitching to get back to .500 and extending their lead over the Carp.

W: Oshimoto (4-0) L: Mickolio (3-5) S: Barnette (28)
 Swallows Carp
1Yuhei (Takai) (CF)1Masato Akamatsu (CF)
2Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)2Tomohiro Abe (2B)
3Yuichi Matsumoto (1B)3Eishin Soyogi (SS)
4Wladimir Balentien (RF)4Brad Eldred (1B)
5Shingo Kawabata (3B)5Yoshihiro Maru (RF)
6Kazuki Fukuchi (LF)6Shota Dobayashi (3B)
7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)7Soichiro Amaya (LF)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)
9Orlando Roman (P)9Kan Ohtake (P)

The Swallows went into the ninth inning down a run, despite being up 3-0 earlier in the game. It seemed that with Mickolio in to close the game for the Swallows, the were looking for another demoralizing loss. But the Swallows weren’t ready to lie down and take the loss tonight. Miyamoto lead off the inning with a pinch hit, and Takeuchi followed with his second hit of the night. Yuhei bunted the men over which set the stage for Tanaka to be the hero. Hiroyasu was able to turn on a 2-1 fastball and cleared the bases. 5-4 Swallows

The Carp got two runners on against Yamamoto in the bottom of the inning, but Barnette was able to get the last out to close out the game and give the Swallows their first 4 game winning streak since April. The win was a team effort that got contributions from everyone, and managed to cover for some mistakes. The Swallows started the game with 1 run each in the first 3 innings, including a solo home run by Balentien in the second. Orlando Roman started the game and pitched 4 shutout innings to start the game but he gave up 3 runs in the fifth.

The Carp took the lead in the eighth after Soyogi tripled to lead off the inning and Eldred hit a sacrifice fly to score him. Despite the run, Tanaka’s hit gave Oshimoto’s fourth win of the year. Both Tateyama and the Swallows will be going for their fifth win in a row against Imai and the Carp.

Feels good to win!

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he’s not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Hokkaido chocolate

    Hmm now no Milledge. When is hatakeyama coming back?

  • Kevin Fisher

    I made the trek down to Hiroshima for this one — good one to have the chance to see!
    Even though greatly outnumbered, the cheering section at “Zoom zoom” was pretty lively and quite ecstatic when the come-from-behind happened. (and no umbrellas blew away in the strong winds that night)!

    • I saw you on the TV Kevin!


      • Kevin Fisher

        Awesome! I can only hope it was not when I was gorging on Hiroshima Okonomiyaki or looking less-than-enthused during some of the earlier innings’ unnecessary sac-bunts.
        Any of you going to Tokyo Dome this coming Sunday? I should be there (and Jingu vs Hanshin next Friday, of course!)

        • Luckily I believe you were looking pretty enthused for your moment in the spotlight, I think it was post-game.

          As for Tokyo Dome, we pretty much operate a “No Tokyo Dome” policy these days, such is the noxiousness of the overall experience there.

          But please be sure to hurl some abuse on my behalf at anyone dressed in orange.

          • Kevin Fisher

            Ha, will do! I live in the vicinity of the Dome, so it’s regrettably convenient, but I’ll do my best to represent the Jingu crowd.

  • Oh the thought of the streamers and screamers when they win the pennant. I had that unfortunate experience once before at a Swallows game at the Dome.