Jun 22nd 2013, @ Hiroshima

June 22nd, 2013

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Hiroshima Carp 0

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW

(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)

Today’s game was all about two players; Balentien and Ogawa. Coco provided the power on offense and Ogawa did it on defense.

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W: Ogawa (7-2, 2.96) L: Otake (5-4, 2.76)

The lineup for today was a bit different since Hatakeyama was sent down earlier this week.

TokyoOrderHiroshima
Yamada (2B)1Lewis (LF)
Morioka (SS)2Kikuchi (2B)
Milledge (LF)3Maru (CF)
Balentien (RF)4Eldred (1B)
Takeuchi (1B)5Matsuyama (RF)
Miyamoto (3B)6Soyogi (SS)
Iihara (CF)7Dobayashi (3B)
Nakamura (C)8Ishihara (C)
Ogawa (P)9Otake (P)

Most of today’s game was a great duel between two solid pitchers. Both teams were only able to muster 5 hits by the time the final out was made. Some great defense was played by both teams as well.

The Swallows didn’t have a man reach base until the 4th inning. While the Carp had a runner on in the 1st and the 3rd. The Carp couldn’t muster a run while the Birds were able to make Otake pay in the 4th.

The 4th inning started off with a Yamada single. He was sac-bunted over to 2nd by Morioka. Milledge then followed with a single to right. Up next was Coco. As a faithful Softbank fan told me the other day, “he is the only offensive threat in the Swallows line-up. You must be an idiot if you pitch to him. JUST walk him.” I couldn’t argue with that. However, Hiroshima management didn’t get that memo. Coco knocked his 22nd HR of the season to provide all of the runs in this one. 3 – 0 Tokyo

Coco knocks out #22

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The Carp never seriously threatened Ogawa during this game. He pitched a terrific game from start to finish. He was in total control and rightfully deserved the chance to pitch a complete game shutout. His final line for the day was:

9 IP, 114 pitches, 5 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER

1st complete game shutout.

1st complete game shutout.

Game notes;

  • 22,528 folks zoomed on over to the Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima sponsored by Costco (center field only).
  • This was a zoom-zoom game; it lasted 2 hours and 28 minutes.
  • This was Ogawa’s first shutout of his career; he is now 2-0 in 2 starts against the Carp.
  •  Ogawa has also won his last two starts.
  • Coco hit his 2nd home run in as many games (granted they were nearly a week apart) and is one off of the CL lead (which is also the NPB lead)
  • Tokyo is now 5-1 against Hiroshima in 2013
  • Tomorrow’s game starts at 1:30 and will see Yagi (1-6) for Tokyo take on Maeda (5-4) for Hiroshima
About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.