August 24th, 2013
Hiroshima Carp 9
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LWWLL
(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)
|W: Bullington (7-9); L: Ogawa (12-4)|
The power of the pseudo-stonewashed uniforms continued to propel Hiroshima.
|1||Hiyane (RF)||1||Maru (CF)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Matsuyama (RF)|
|4||Balentien (LF)||4||Kila (1B)|
|5||Yuichi (1B)||5||Soyogi (SS)|
|6||Morioka (SS)||6||Hirose (LF)|
|7||Yamada (2B)||7||Ishihara (C)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kimura (3B)|
|9||Ogawa (P)||9||Bullington (P)|
|RP||Oshimoto, Fujita, Kyuko||RP||Nagakawa, Socolovich, Imamura|
Things started off brightly, with the Swallows scoring first – often a good sign. Hiyane singled, Ueda sac-bunted him to second because. . . well, because this is Japan, and Kawabata singled, putting men on the corners for Yuichi, who hit an RBI single to center. 1-0 Tokyo.
Ogawa got off to an even rougher start than Bullington, though. He walked Maru and gave up a double to Kikuchi, after which Matsuyama hit a short grounder to second, driving Maru in. Kila then sent a low slider to the home ouendan for two more runs. 3-1 Hiroshima.
Two outs into the bottom of the third, Kila led another Carp spree, when he hit a big broken-bat single to left. Soyogi followed that with a single, Hirose with an RBI double, and Ishihara with a walk to load the bases for Kimura, who drove in two more runs with a double. 6-1 Hiroshima.
Six runs on ten hits and two walks over three innings (despite a 1-2-3 second) was enough for Ogawa. Oshimoto took over in the fourth and gave up a run himself: Kikuchi, Kila, and Soyogi singles did the trick. 7-1 Hiroshima.
Tokyo’s second and final run came in the top of the fifth, when Ueda singled, Kawabata walked, then got nabbed at second on a Balentien single, and Yuichi drove Ueda home with a single. 7-2 Hiroshima.
The Carp wrapped it up with two more runs in the seventh. Fujita, pitching for the Birds, walked Ishihara and gave up a HR to Iwamoto. 9-2 Hiroshima, Final.
The Carp’s uniforms just rubbed it all in. Perhaps it’s like naming your son Sue.
The chance to preserve much dignity has passed, but tomorrow offers a chance to be only mostly debased, as opposed to thoroughly humiliated. Fun stuff.