Sep 28th 2013, vs Hiroshima

September 28th, 2013

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 2Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Tied 1    Last 5: LWWLT

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

A three-hour fifty-minute tie. While the game mattered to the Carp, who are fighting with an outside chance to possibly steal the second-place spot from Hanshin, it was just one more step in the Swallows’ long, meaningless slog to 144. A tie is the perfect symbolic outcome.

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 Hiroshima Tokyo
1Maru (CF)1Yamada (2B)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Ueda (CF)
3Kila (1B)3Kawabata (3B)
4Eldred (LF)4Balentien (LF)
5Matsuyama (RF)5Iihara (RF)
6Kokubo (3B)6Aikawa (C)
7Kimura (SS)7Yuichi (1B)
8Ishihara (C)8Kawashima (SS)
9Hisamoto (P)9Kiya (P)
RPImai, Yokoyama, Nagakawa, Mickolio, NakataRPKyuko, Barnette, Ishiyama, Yamamoto, Roman

All of the scoring occurred in the eighth. First, for the Carp, Iwamoto singled and was replaced on the basepaths by Akamatsu, who was then moved to third on a Maru hit-and-run. A Kikuchi sac-fly drove in a run and that spelled the end of the night for Kiya. Kyuko came in to hurl and hurled a deep, broken-bat single to Kila, which left Maru and the pich-running Suzuki on the corners and ended Kyuko’s outing after a mere five pitches.

Barnette took over and sandwiched an RBI single to Matsuyama between strike-outs. 2-0 Hiroshima.

Two outs into the bottom of the eighth, Ueda singled and Kawabata followed that up with a home run to right. 2-2, Final.

Further exercises in futility tomorrow.