April 24th, 2014
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)
|1||Shota Dobayashi (3B)||1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)||2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)|
|3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)||3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|4||Brad Eldred (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Ryuhei Matsuyama (RF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Rainel Rosario (LF)||6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|7||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)||7||Ryoji Aikawa (C)|
|8||Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)||8||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)|
|9||Daichi Osera (P)||9||Masato 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.