April 3rd, 2013
Hiroshima Carp 2
Streak: Won 4 Last 5: LWWWW
(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)
|W:Ogawa (1-0); L: Nomura (0-1)|
The case could be made that the Carp are worse than the Swallows are good, but the Tsubamegun will take tonight’s result either way.
|1||Tanaka (2B)||1||Kikuchi (2B)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Maru (CF)|
|3||Milledge (LF)||3||Lewis (LF)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Matsuyama (RF)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Soyogi (SS)|
|7||Nakamura (C)||7||Dobayashi (3B)|
|8||Kawashima (SS)||8||Shirahama (C)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Nomura (P)|
|RP||Kyuko, Yamamoto, Barnette||RP||Nakazaki, Egusa, Kawauchi, Yokoyama|
Young Yasuhiro Ogawa put in a solid start for Tokyo, making it through 6 2/3 innings – 22 batters – on a mere 81 pitches, giving up on two hits and one walk against six strike-outs. He started drowning pretty quickly once the dam burst, but deserves applause nonetheless for his five-hit, two-run win on 103 pitches to 27 batters.
One offense, after a 1-2-3 first, Hatakeyama, Yuhei, and Miyamoto strung together back-to-back hits, driving in a run. Eldred then fumbled a Nakamura grounder, allowing Yuhei to score and putting men on the corners. Kawashima then drilled a line-drive to left, bringing in Miyamoto. 3-0 Tokyo.
The Birds next scored an out into the fifth, when Ueda walked, Milledge singled him over to third, and Hatake brought him home on a sac-fly to right. 4-0 Tokyo.
Two more for Tokyo in the seventh, when Ueda singled to left, Milledge reached first on an error, Yuhei walked to load the bases, and Miyamoto singled to center, driving in Ueda and keeping the bases loaded for Nakamura, whose one-hopper to short got Miyamoto nabbed, but brought Milledge in. 6-0 Tokyo.
Hiroshima mounted an insufficient rally in the bottom of the seventh, when Ogawa showed fatigue and, with two outs (one a K), gave up a deep single to Soyogi, saw Dobayashi reach first on a Nakamura error, then gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Kurihara and the 103-year-old (in baseball years) Tomonori Maeda. (Every time that guy’s come up to pinch-hit in the past few years, I’ve been a bit surprised he’s not retired.)
For Tokyo, Barnette closed, giving up one hit against two Ks, keeping his shit down the whole time, which not only works well, but looks good on TV. 6-2 Tokyo, Final.
In addition to the aforementioned laudable showing by Ogawa, Miyamoto continued to show that he has, by far, the best old-age to contribution ratio in NPB and Milledge busted his behind to show that he and his arm are as valuable in the outfield as his bat is at the plate. The Swallows definitely made a good move giving their foreign players multi-year deals and making them more than suketto.
Tokyo looks to keep the poor Carp winless in 2013 tomorrow evening before heading back to host the BayStars over the weekend.