September 23rd, 2014
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Heath (3-0 / 1.45 ERA)
L: Narveson (4-11 /4.30 ERA)
The Carp brushed aside the Swallows on a sunny holiday Tuesday afternoon at Jingu, confirming their season series win against the cellar dwelling Tokyo outfit. I’m sure they are drenching each other in champagne as I write this, such is the prestige and magnitude of that achievement.
|Dobayashi (RF)||1||Yamada (2B)|
|Kikuchi (2B)||2||Ueda (CF)|
|Maru (CF)||3||Kawabata (3B)|
|Eldred (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|Rosario (LF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|Soyogi (SS)||6||Matsui (LF)|
|Kokubo (3B)||7||Aikawa (C)|
|Ishihara (C)||8||Yachi (SS)|
|Heath (P)||9||Narveson (P)|
The joy of pitching: Chris Narveson took the loss for his brief 3 IP / 72 P / 7 H / 1 HR / 3 K / 2 BB / 3 R / 2 ER afternoon of toil. Furuno worked the next three innings, giving up his two runs off three hits (homer, double, single) in the 5th. Shichijo was up next, and was the only Tokyo pitcher not to allow a run as he worked scoreless 7th and 8th frames, before Matsuoka allowed Hiroshima’s final run of the game in the top of the 9th, Eldred with his 36th long ball of the year.
The joy of batting: Tokyo’s bats meanwhile, as has more often than not been the case of late, struggled mightily, managing just two hits over the first seven innings. They only got anything going late on, with a run off two hits in each of the 8th and 9th innings (Kawabata and Yuichi with the RBIs) wrapping up a rather stilted offensive effort.
The combined joy result: 7-2 Hiroshima Final.
Upcoming joy: The countown to a stress-free baseballess offseason continues tomorrow, as rookie Sugiura makes his third attempt at a first career win, taking on the Carp’s Nomura.