Aug 28th 2014, @ Hiroshima

August 28th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 6Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 3

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWLLW

(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium)

After a very rough start Ishikawa pitched like the ace we need him to be and the Swallows managed to avoid a sweep at Hiroshima.

W: Ishikawa (10-7)
L: Maeda (10-7)
S: Barnette (9)

 Swallows Carp
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Shota Dobayashi (RF)
2Ryousuke Morioka (SS)2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)
3Shingo Kawabata (3B)3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Brad Eldred (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (CF)5Eishin Soyogi (3B)
6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)6Rainel Rosario (LF)
7Shinichi Takeuchi (RF)7Kosuke Tanaka (SS)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Tsubasa Aizawa (C)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)9Kenta Maeda (P)

The Swallows struck first with a lead off single by Yamada that later came around on a Kawabata sac fly. 1-0 Swallows

Ishikawa came out super lame as he gave up hits to the first FIVE batters he faced. It looked like Ishikawa was going to challenge Kiya for worst Swallows outing. Unlike Kiya, Ishikawa kept it mostly singles (just one double) and some bad base running meant the Carp only managed 3 runs on 5 hits and one IBB. 3-1 Carp

The Swallows slowly crept back into the game against Maeda. In the third, Nakamura started off with a single and Ishikawa bunted him over to second. Yamada and Morioka got back-to-back singles to score two runs to tie the game. 3-3 All

Maeda looked even more tired in the fourth when he allowed back-to-back-to-back singles to Yuhei, Hatake, and Takeuchi to score the go ahead run. 4-3 Swallows After Nakamura popped out, Ishikawa attempted a bunt to advance the runners. Maeda misplayed the bunt and allowed yet another run to score. 5-3 Swallows

Maeda was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning and Ishikawa managed to outlast Maeda despite the horrible start. In fact Ishikawa retired thirteen straight after allowing a lead off single in the second.

Toda came in for Maeda in the fifth and allowed a walk to Balentien. Coco managed a steal and came home on a Hatake single. 6-3 Swallows

Ishikawa’s good form continued through the game. He allowed back-toback-singles in the sixth but the runners were quickly erased by a double play. Ishikawa actually managed to get to two outs in the ninth before allowing a runners via a Morioka fluff and a Ishihara double. The Swallows decided to call on Tony to save the game and the last out came via a three-pitch strikeout. 6-3 Swallows FINAL

Ishikawa got his tenth win. The first time in three seasons he's reached double digit wins.

Ishikawa got his tenth win. The first time in three seasons he’s reached double digit wins.

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.