July 28th, 2013
Hiroshima Carp 10
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL
(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium Hiroshima)
Tokyo scored seven runs for the second night in a row, but once again the pitching didn’t hold up.
|W: Hisamoto (3-3 1S; 3.68 ERA)
L: Akagawa (0-5; 6.98)
And your Swallows are still in last place.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Lewis (LF)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|Milledge (LF)||4||Ka'aihue (1B)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||5||Soyogi (SS)|
|Iihara (RF)||6||Hirose (RF)|
|Aikawa (C)||7||Dohbayashi (3B)|
|Morioka (SS)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|Akagawa (P)||9||Ono (P)|
Balentien was held out of the lineup for this game out of an abundance of caution. Manager Ogawa didn’t feel it was worth the risk to rush Balentien while recovering from some tightness in his lower back.
Akagawa took the mound hoping to secure his first win of the year, but it took him quite a while just to get out of the first inning.
Akagawa walked Ka’aihue with two outs and then gave up consecutive RBI hits to Soyogi and Hirose to put the home team on the board first.
But the birds got one back in the top of the second when Iihara’s infield single was followed by an Aikawa RBI double.
And they took the lead in the top of the fourth thanks to a Milledge solo homer and RBI doubles care of Aikawa and Morioka.
Tokyo extended its lead in the fifth when both Ueda and Milledge scored on Iihara’s single to center with two outs.
But then Hiroshima put up six runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Akagawa began the inning by walking Dohbayashi and giving up back-to-back singles to Ishihara and Kokubo (pinch hitting for Hisamoto). He struck Lewis out swinging to finally record an out, but with the bases juiced, Kikuchi connected for his sixth homer of the year and effectively sent Akagawa back down to the farm team where he will likely stay for quite some time.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Akagawa finally got the hook after walking Ka’aihue for the third time in as many at-bats, and Kiya followed with a homer to Soyogi before securing the third out of the frame. The Carp sent nine batters to the plate, and they had six runs to show for it. Most importantly, they regained control of the game.
The Carp added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Dohbayashi RBI single and an Ishihara squeeze bunt.
Tokyo clawed one unearned run back off of closer Mickolio, but it didn’t change the outcome as the Swallows dropped their third series of July.
Next up, Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome. Yay. All three games, Tuesday to Thursday, begin at 6:30 PM.
Milledge hit his 15th home run of the season tonite. It was his also his fourth game in a row with a long ball. He has now hit eight homers in July.
Milledge is now in fourth in the Central League home run rankings. He’s also currently seventh in the league in RBI (46).
After Kawabata’s grand slam last night, I guess tonite was payback.
Three games separate the Swallows from Hiroshima and Chunichi (tied for fourth in the Central League with a 38-50-1 record).
Tokyo’s team ERA of 4.44 is worst in Japan.