Jul 5th 2014, @ Hiroshima

July 5th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 4Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 3 

Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLLLW

(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium)

Your birds put an end to a four game slide after enduring a Kenta Maeda-led whooping the night before.

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W: Iwahashi (1-0 1S; 3.93 ERA)
L: Mickolio (0-1 14S; 1.33)
S: Barnette (0-1 1S; 4.26)

Aside from pulling out the win in the ninth innings, Iwahashi got his first career win and Barnette recorded his first save of the season after an extended layoff due to a knee injury.

TokyoOrderHiroshima
Yamada (2B)1Dobayashi (3B)
Ueda (CF)2Kikuchi (2B)
Kawabata (3B)3Maru (CF)
Yuhei (RF)4Eldred (1B)
Morioka (SS)5Rosario (LF)
Iwamura (1B)6Soyogi (SS)
Nakamura (C)7Hirose (RF)
Takeuchi (LF)8Aizawa (C)
Yagi (P)9Bullington (P)

Soyogi put the home side ahead in the bottom of the second inning. He led off with a solo home run to left, his fourth of the season.

0-1 Hiroshima

The lead held until the top of the fourth. Kawabata singled and Yuhei doubled to put two runners in scoring position. One out later, Iwamura plated both runs on a single to right.

2-1 Tokyo

Tokyo extended its lead in the eighth. Morioka doubled to lead things off (his third hit of the evening), and Iwamura drew a walk. Nakamura then sacrificed, and both runners moved over safely (Kawashima pinch-running for Morioka). Kawashima scored on Iihara’s (pinch-hitting for Takeuchi) ground out to first.

3-1 Tokyo

But the happy feeling was short-lived. With Yamamoto on the mound for the visitors, Hirose singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Aizawa followed with his third home run of the season.

3-3

Yamamoto allowed a third consecutive hit after that and was finally given the hook. Iwahashi allowed another single, but he got out number three on Kikuchi’s pop fly to right.

In the top of the ninth, however, the good times returned. Yamada lead off with a double, and Ueda’s sac bunt sent him safely to third. Kawabata’s ensuing single, his third hit of the contest, brought home the winning run.

4-3 Final

Barnette (4.26 ERA) came in to protect the lead in the bottom of the ninth, and he pitched marvelously. He struck out Hiroshima’s cleanup in order with Maru looking and Eldred and Rosario swinging.

Yagi threw 104 pitches over six full innings, but he didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed one earned run off of six hits (one homer), seven strikeouts, and two walks. His record remains at 4-3, but his ERA eased slightly to 3.89.

Akiyoshi (3.15 ERA) made the management nervous after allowing a hit and a walk in the bottom of the seventh, so Emura (0.00) got the second out on just one pitch, and Carpenter (3.96) ended the inning with a four pitch strikeout.

As mentioned earlier, Yamamoto (3.59) and Iwahashi (2.70) made appearances in the eighth with the latter earning his first pro win.

Tokyo will attempt to win the series tomorrow with Muranaka slated to pitch after an extended break from the top team roster.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo’s more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it’s a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini