Jun 23rd 2013, @ Hiroshima

June 23rd, 2013

Tokyo Swallows 4Hiroshima Carp logo clean 

Hiroshima Carp 5

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LWLWL

(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)

Balentien capped a four-run third inning with his 23rd homer of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Hiroshima Carp pulled out the win in sayonara fashion this afternoon.

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W: Imamura (1-2 2S; 3.41 ERA)
L: Yamamoto (0-2 8S; 3.67)

And Yagi once again missed out on notching his second win of the year.

TokyoOrderHiroshima
Yamada (2B)1Kikuchi (2B)
Araki (1B)2Maru (CF)
Milledge (LF)3Hirose (RF)
Balentien (RF)4Eldred (LF)
Aikawa (C)5Aizawa (1B)
Miyamoto (3B)6Soyogi (SS)
Iihara (CF)7Dohbayashi (3B)
Kawashima (SS)8Ishihara (C)
Yagi (P)9Maeda (P)

Araki reached safely in his first two trips to the plate against Maeda, and his single to center in the third inning helped lead to a big inning for the birds. With Kawashima having singled two outs prior, Milledge’s infield single scored one and set the table for Balentien to clear the bases with a bomb to center field.

4-0 Tokyo.

But that would be it for Tokyo’s run production. Tokyo scattered a pair of walks and eight more hits over the remaining six innings, but nobody else crossed home plate.

The most disappointing effort came with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth with one out, but Takeuchi and Yamada both flew out to left to strand all three runners and leave the Tokyo lead at one.

A couple innings before that, Yagi left the game after surrendering three runs in rapid succession after what had been a fantastic first five innings on the mound. He had struck out six, walked none, and allowed only two hits until that unfortunate turn back through the top of Hiroshima’s order.

4-3 Tokyo.

And the dagger came in the bottom of the ninth with Yamamoto on the mound for the Swallows hoping to eke out a save. An error allowed Aizawa to reach base, and one out later Dohbayashi heroed it up by knocking one over the wall in left. Game, set, match.

4-6 Final.

Ugh.

Shichijo (15 appearances; 4.19 ERA), Kyuko (10; 6.75), and Ishiyama (22; 3.13) all pitched middle relief.

On offense, Araki, Aikawa, Miyamoto, and Kawashima had two-hit games, with Aikawa and Kawashima adding a walk each to their efforts.

And your birds once again put up double-digit hits!

Yokohama will be in town this week. The games Tuesday to Thursday all start at 6PM at Jingu Stadium.

Game Notes:

Balentien has now hit nine home runs this month. His teammates have combined for four more (two each for Aikawa and Milledge).

This game lasted three hours and thirty minutes.

There were 23,240 people at this game (allegedly).

Yagi is still 1-6 through 12 starts so far this season.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini

  • Kozo

    Which member of the Swallows’ bullpen do you trust the most right now. I do not have a strong answer.

    • Very good question. And it will make a good discussion point for the upcoming podcast.