September 28th, 2014
Hiroshima Carp 1
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW
(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium)
After failing last night to assist the Carp in their pursuit of a first-round playoff series in Hiroshima, your Swallows were a little bit rude again this evening.
|W: Ogawa (9-5; 3.77 ERA)
L: Fukui (4-5; 4.35)
S: Akiyoshi (3-4 3S; 2.37)
But the good news is that Ogawa got himself within striking distance of the 10 wins that we expected him to earn this year.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Suzuki (RF)|
|Morioka (SS)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|Yuhei (CF)||5||Matsuyama (LF)|
|Araki (LF)||6||Kokubo (3B)|
|Matsui (RF)||7||Soyogi (SS)|
|Nishida (C)||8||Kura (C)|
|Ogawa (P)||9||Fukui (P)|
Tokyo attacked early. Morioka (BB), Kawabata (1B), and Hatakeyama (BB) loaded the bases with one out in the first. Yuhei brought the first two home.
Yamada’s one out single in the top of the second was compounded by a Kawabata walk with two outs and a Hatakeyama RBI single shortly after.
The game quieted down from there, and aside from Kikuchi with his three singles, nobody in a Carp uniform was really able to cause Ogawa any distress.
Except for Maru, that is, who led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer to right.
Ogawa recorded a well-deserved win after eight innings of 130 pitch work. Hiroshima were able to create just one run from eight hits (one HR), eight strikeouts, and two walks.
Akiyoshi recorded his third save of the year after throwing 21 pitches in the bottom of the ninth.
Hatakeyama, Yuhei, and Araki, Tokyo’s 4-6 batters, had two hits apiece.
Manager Ogawa again loses points for having Kawabata, a player with a .361 OBP, bunt Morioka over to second with no outs and a two run lead in the top of the ninth. No runs scored, unfortunately. Can we expect more of the same when Manaka is in charge next season?
Tokyo have another game at Hiroshima tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 PM. Narveson is scheduled to pitch for the birds.