September 19th, 2012
Hiroshima Carp 1
Streak: Won 6 Last 5: WWWWW
(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)
|W: Akagawa (7-8); L: Nakazaki (0-1); S: Barnette (1-2-29)|
To reuse Mr. Watkins’s lede from last night: “Tokyo made another huge stride toward the post-season as they made it [six] on the bounce with another win in Hiroshima.”
This would mean the Swallows would need to take three of five from Chunichi in Nagoya, which is not bad odds for Tokyo. That’s getting ahead of ourselves and bringing on the jinx, though. First, tonight.
|1||Yuhei (CF)||1||Akamatsu (CF)|
|2||Tanaka (2B)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Yuichi (1B)||3||Soyogi (SS)|
|4||Balentien (RF)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|5||Kawabata (SS)||5||Hirose (RF)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Maru (LF)|
|7||Takeuchi (LF)||7||Dobayashi (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|9||Akagawa (P)||9||Nakazaki (P)|
|RP||Oshimoto, Yamamoto, Barnette||RP||Imamura, Egusa, Mickolio|
The Carp scored first, when, after striking two out, Akagawa gave up a solo home run to Soyogi in the bottom of the first. 1-0 Hiroshima.
In the seventh, Tokyo struck back. Takeuchi was awarded first base after an interference call and was replaced on the bases by Noguchi. Nakazaki then pegged Nakamura, which got the Carp hurler replaced by Imamura.
Akagawa was then yanked in favor of a pinch-hitting Miwa, who bunted safely to load the bases. Yuhei and Tanaka then knocked in back-to-back RBIs. 2-1 Tokyo.
The Birds added one more in the ninth. Much like in the seventh, runners reached base through bad pitching, this time by Egusa. Nakamura was walked, Yuhei hit safely, and Tanaka was hit by a pitch. Morioka came in to pinch-hit for Yamamoto and drove in a run. Barnette closed the game 1-2-3. 3-1 Tokyo, Final.
On Friday, the Swallows travel to the musty confines of the Tokyo Dome, where Muranaka will take on Utsumi.