September 18th, 2012
Hiroshima Carp 1
Streak: Won 5 Last 5: WWWWW
|W: Tateyama (11-8 / 2.37) L: Imai (2-8 / 3.04)|
Tokyo made another huge stride toward the post-season as they made it five on the bounce with another win in Hiroshima with Shohei Tateyama putting in a nine-inning/one-run shift. Tokyo’s offence meanwhile huffed and puffed stranding runners galore, but it was Wladimir Balentien who took a break from striking out in the 6th to bring home the Swallows only runs of the evening with a crucial two run home run.
|1||Yuhei (CF)||1||Akamatsu (CF)|
|2||Tanaka (2B)||2||Abe (2B)|
|3||Yuichi (1B)||3||Soyogi (SS)|
|4||Balentien (RF)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|5||Kawabata (SS)||5||Maru (RF)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Dobayashi (3B)|
|7||Takeuchi (LF)||7||Amaya (LF)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kura (C)|
|9||Tateyama (P)||9||Imai (P)|
Hiroshima starter Imai looked there for the taking on as the Swallows put men on early. In the 1st singles for Yuhei and Yuichi put men on the corners but Balentien and Kawabata couldn’t connect to bring anyone home. And in the 2nd back-to-back singles from Miyamoto and Takeuchi put two on with no outs, but again they were stranded as ground outs from Nakaura then Tateyama, and a strikeout for Yuhei left the scores level.
Hiroshima would capitalise on such wastefulness in the bottom of the 2nd in pretty straightforward fashion, as a Maru triple and run-allowing wild pitch made it 1-0 Hiroshima.
And so to that crucial 5th inning, which initially looked like the game may be turning into “one of those evenings” for Tokyo, as Yuhei got on board with his second single of the night, only for Tanaka to put two red lights up on the scoreboard as he hit into a double play. Luckily the Swallows’ fortunes turned as Yuichi got on with a walk, before Balentien connected with an outside fastball which saw the ball clear the fence to the right of the scoreboard for 2-1 Tokyo. It was Coco’s 29th of the year and another one en-route to: a) Coco winning the CL HR title, and b) stopping piggy overlord Shinosuke “smelly appendage” Abe from winning the Triple Crown for the Giants.
After that Tokyo stranded some more runners for good measure: three in the 9th, blowing a bases loaded no-out situation with Tateyama, Yuhei and Tanaka the guilty parties, and then two more in the 9th.
Tateyama meanwhile kept the Hiroshima bats at bay, and while he did let men on, he didn’t let anyone past second outside of that 2nd inning and struck out thirteen Carp for the sheer fun of it. 2-1 Tokyo Final.
- Tateyama’s final line: 9 IP / 146 P / 6 H / 13 K / 2 BB / 1 HBP / 1 ER. It was his 5th win in as many starts and is Tokyo’s undoubted form starter coming into the business end of the season. It was his 11th win of 2012 which matches his win total from 2011 (final ’11 record: 11-5 / 2.04 ERA).
- Outside of that 5th inning dinger, Coco was 0 for 4, all of them strikeouts of the swinging variety. But hey, it’s nights like these where you need a guy like him in the team, and with Milledge likely out for the rest of the regular season at least, he’s more important than ever.
- Everyone in the starting lineup hit bar Kawabata who was 0 for 3 with a walk.
- This win puts Tokyo 5 games ahead of Hiroshima in that third playoff spot and puts them ahead 10-8 in the season series.
- The Swallows’ longest winning streak of the season is six (plus one tie) which they registered way back in April. A win tomorrow would equal that,
though it won’t be easy because…….
- ……..tomorrow will see Akagawa face off against Hiroshima
ace Kenta “the face” Maedayoungster Nakazaki.