June 22nd, 2013
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.
|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.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Lewis (LF)|
|Morioka (SS)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|Milledge (LF)||3||Maru (CF)|
|Balentien (RF)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|Takeuchi (1B)||5||Matsuyama (RF)|
|Miyamoto (3B)||6||Soyogi (SS)|
|Iihara (CF)||7||Dobayashi (3B)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|Ogawa (P)||9||Otake (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
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
- 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