May 22nd, 2015
Hiroshima Carp 2
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWLWL
(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)
|W: Imamura (1-1)
L: Tokuyama (1-1)
In a matchup of two of the best starting pitchers in Japan, the game unsurprisingly came down to one run and which team would take advantage of chances.
|Yamada (2B)||1||Tanaka (SS)|
|Ueda (CF)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|Kawabata (3B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|Hatakayama (1B)||4||Arai (1B)|
|Yuhei (RF)||5||Schierholtz (RF)|
|Milledge (LF)||6||Matsuyama LF)|
|Imanami (SS)||7||Soyogi (3B)|
|Nakamura (C)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|Ogawa (P)||9||Kuroda (P)|
Bottom 4th: Hiroshima scored the first run of the game on a solo homer by first baseman Arai.
Top 7th: Imanami started the inning with an infield single. Nakamura bunted Imanami to second, one out. Pinch hitter Tanaka then took one for the team and reached base on a hit by pitch. Yamada then singled to left to drive in Imanami to even the score. On this play however, Tanaka attempted to advance to third on the hit and was thrown out at third. Then with two outs and a runner on second, Miwa grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 10th: Tokuyama on to pitch for the Swallows allows a walkoff home run to Kikuchi. Game over. Kikuchi has hit three home runs this season, two of them against the Swallows in Hiroshima.
In eight games against Hiroshima so far this season, the pitching staff has an outstanding 2.23 ERA against the Carp while the offense is hitting a combined .226 with two home runs, 48 strikeouts, and only 14 walks.
Saturday afternoon’s game is a repeat from the season opening series as Ishikawa takes on the best pitcher in the Central League Kris Johnson. A word of advice for any fans expecting to show up late to this game: get your ass there as early as you can. When Johnson pitches, the game will be over quick. (Speaking from experience)