Apr 24th 2014, vs Hiroshima

April 24th, 2014

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 9Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 8   Last 5: LLLLLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Another game, another hit-fest courtesy of the Swallows’ pitching staff. Furuno gave up four runs over five innings, while three pitchers gave up an extra five innings over two innings to give the Carp a fairly impressive run total. Meanwhile, rookie pitcher Osera had complete mastery over all but two Swallows batters to hold the Swallows to two runs.

W: Osera (2-1)
L: Yagi (0-2)

 Carp Swallows
1Shota Dobayashi (3B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Brad Eldred (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Ryuhei Matsuyama (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Rainel Rosario (LF)6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
7Kosuke Tanaka (SS)7Ryoji Aikawa (C)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
9Daichi Osera (P)9Masato Furuno (P)

The Swallows drew first blood off of a Yamada leadoff double that came around on a bunt and groundout. 1-0 Swallows

The Carp took the lead with two singles and a homer from rookie Tanaka for a quick three runs. 3-1 Carp

The Carp got an insurance run off of a hit, walk and another hit in the fifth. 4-1 Carp

Yamada got a solo shot to left to keep the game somewhat close. 4-2 Carp

Unfortunately Furuno didn’t stay on the mound after the fifth inning and the Swallows entrusted the last four innings to the bullpen. What followed was a soul crushing sequence in which Carpenter gave up a two out single to Osera the pitcher after intentionally walking the eight man. 5-2 Carp Sanada and the recently called up Hidaka gave up two runs apiece in the seventh capped by a three run homer to Kokubo in the seventh inning. 9-2 Carp

The Swallows bats were completely owned by the Carp except for Yamada and Hatake who combined for seven of the Swallows 8 hits on the night. The two got hits in alternate innings through the first seven innings, but the Swallows got nothing else done as the Osera and Yokoyama gave up no walks and the Carp defense committed no errors.

The Swallows were swept by the Carp for the second time this season, and will try to snap their losing streak at home against the Dragons over the weekend. The Swallows will send out Ishikawa on five days rest while the Dragons will send out Asakura. The Swallows have a half game lead over the BayStars, who did not play tonight, in the race to stay out of the CL cellar.

From where can we derive some hope?

From where can we derive some hope?

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Kozo

    Also, this happened…

    • dr. no

      that’s unpossible