September 28th, 2013
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.
|1||Maru (CF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|2||Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|3||Kila (1B)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Eldred (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Matsuyama (RF)||5||Iihara (RF)|
|6||Kokubo (3B)||6||Aikawa (C)|
|7||Kimura (SS)||7||Yuichi (1B)|
|8||Ishihara (C)||8||Kawashima (SS)|
|9||Hisamoto (P)||9||Kiya (P)|
|RP||Imai, Yokoyama, Nagakawa, Mickolio, Nakata||RP||Kyuko, 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.