April 22nd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Lost 6 Last 5: LLLLL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Nomura (3-1 / 4.50 ERA)
L: Sanada (0-1 / 6.14 ERA)
Chris Narveson did his best to try to land his first win in Japan, but ultimately the bullpen couldn’t preserve the slender lead he handed them, which along with the bats going cold down the stretch meant that Tokyo fell to their sixth straight loss.
|Dobayashi (3B)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Eldred (LF)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|Ka'aihue (1B)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Hirose (RF)||6||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Soyogi (SS)||7||Imanami (SS)|
|Ishihara (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|Nomura (P)||9||Narveson (P)|
The Swallows got Narverson an early lead in the bottom of the 1st, with Ueda reaching base on an error before being brought home by a Kawabata double for 1-0 Tokyo. Carp starter Nomura walked two more load the bases with one out, but neither Hatake or Imanami could bring anyone else home.
A Nakamura double – Yamada HBP – Ueda triple sequence of events lead to two more runs in the second before a Kawabata sac-fly added another for 4-0.
Narveson meanwhile, settled down somewhat after a rocky 1st that saw him escape a bases loaded jam (single, walk, HBP). He allowed his first run off two hits (double then single) in the 3rd for 4-1, after which a walk and two hits in the 5th yielded another two Hiroshima runs and it was and altogether tighter affair at 4-3.
That was all for Chris after 107 pitches of work during his 5 innings, and Sanada was the first guy out of the bullpen to try to bring home his first victory as a Swallow. Alas, it wasn’t to be as the recent acquisition allowed three runs off four hits (the last of which involved a fielding calamity between him and Hatake at first) in the 6th turned a narrow Tokyo lead into an ultimately game breaking 6-4 Hiroshima scoreline.
Abe, in his first appearance of the season, allowed a final run in the top of the 9th, while three Carp relievers held the Swallows bats hitless over the last four innings of this one and we had ourselves a 7-4 Hiroshima Final.
- Narveson’s final line: 5 IP / 107 P / 7 H / 4 K / 2 BB / 1 HBP / 3 ER. Solid enough, but a little more efficiency with regards to his pitch count would be lovely, because as tonight illustrated, we could do with more than five innings out of our starters.
- Tokyo were out-hit 14-6, thus despite that early lead, the final scoreline didn’t really flatter their opposition. Hiroshima are where they are in the standings now for good reason (mainly rock solid pitching).
- Chris Carpenter pitcher 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, with Kyuko coming in to get the final out in the 8th after a two-out Kikuchi double.
- The game was delayed by 15 or so minutes due to heavy rain after the top of the 2nd inning, and again for 10 or so minutes in the top of the 6th after Carp manager Nomura ran on to the field to dispute what appeared to be a botched out call at second base. He was eventually ejected from the game after appearing to effectively say, “Chuck me from the game or I’m not budging from the field” to the officials.
- Coco went 0 for 2 with two walks. As much as I don’t want to start thinking in these terms, my pesky brain keeps suggesting to me that the only thing left to play for is Coco’s shot at 60+. And we’re currently not even done with April. SHUT UP BRAIN.
- The joy continues tomorrow evening as Yagi takes the hill for Tokyo versus Hiroshima’s Bullington.