August 4th, 2013
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
Balentien did everything he could to win this one on his own. Alas, he is just one man and this is a team game.
|Kimura (SS)||1||Milledge (LF)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Ka'aihue (1B)||4||Balentien (RF)|
|Matsuyama (RF)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Lewis (LF)||6||Morioka (SS)|
|Ishihara (C)||7||Yamada (2B)|
|Dobyashi (3B)||8||Aikawa (C)|
|Bullington (P)||9||Roman (P)|
On a night where Coco reached based five times, the pitching failed the Birds again.
|W: Bullington (5-9); L: Roman (2-5); S: Mickolio (17)|
The first out of the game looked promising for Roman (a strike out), but then things went sour fairly fast. Kikuchi hit a single and Maru followed with a double. Ka’aihue was then struck by Roman to load the bases. Matsuyama then hit the second double of the inning to knock in two runs. 2 – 0 Hiroshima
Lewis proceeded to hit a little blooper to shallow leftfield that Morioka got to. For whatever reason, Matsuyama went about half way to third when the ball left Lewis’s bat. In one fluid motion, Morioka caught the ball and threw to Yamada at second to have an inning ending double-play.
The Birds would level in the home half of the third. Ueda started things off with a single to left. Kawabata and Coco hit back-to-back doubles to even things up at two. 2 – 2
Boo, Morioka, and Yamada went down in order to end the threat.
In his RBI battle with Coco (at least for tonights game), Matsuyama hit a solo shot to right-center leading off the fourth to give the Carp a one-run advantage. 3 – 2 Hiroshima
In the fifth, the wheels came off for the Birds. Bullington (P) lead things off with a single. Kimura reached on an error. Kikuchi would fly out for out number one. Then Maru hit another single to load the bases. On the play, Roman was backing up third and injured himself. After a lengthy discussion, he was removed from the game but still on the hook for the bases-loaded jam.
Ka’aihue would pop out to Morioka for out number two. However, the new Swallows slayer, Matsuyama was up next. He hit a bullet towards short. Morioka made a diving attempt on the play but wasn’t able to get it cleanly and the ball ricocheted off of his glove. Because of the altered path, Milledge was moving in the opposite direction and was not able to get to the ball in a timely manner. The result, the bases were emptied and Matsuyama wound up at third. 6 – 2 Hiroshima
Hirose, batting in place of Lewis, hit a single to left to easily score Matsuyama. 7 – 2 Hiroshima
Coco would hit HR #38 for the season and #100 for his NPB career in the bottom of the 5th. 7 – 3 Hiroshima
Takeuchi would add another solo HR in the bottom of the 8th to end the scoring. 7 – 4 Hiroshima
- Coco had his first four hit game of the season
- Coco reached 100 HRs in 326 games; 1,316 at bats (A NEW CLUB RECORD)
- Roman will be evaluated this week
- 24,142 folks came out to celebrate ENpowerment night #3
- Tonight’s game lasted 3 hours and 34 minutes
- The Birds will be home for a 3 game set against the Dragons starting on Tuesday