Sep 5th 2015, vs Hiroshima

September 5th, 2015

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Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo’s four game winning streak came to an end when a pitcher’s duel went pear-shaped in the top of the ninth.

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W: Ohsera (3-6 1S); L: Barnette (2-1 34S)

And Kuroda was pretty damned nasty today, so that didn’t help.

 Carp Swallows
1Yoshihiro Maru (CF)1Wataru Hiyane (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Takahiro Arai (1B)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Brad Eldred (LF)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Nate Schierholtz (RF)5 Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6 Kosuke Tanaka (SS)6Lastings Milledge (LF)
7Eishin Soyogi (3B)7Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Hiroki Kuroda (P)9Taichi Ishiyama (P)

Ishiyama backed his way into a corner a couple of times, but he escaped on each occasion. He loaded the bases in both the third and sixth innings, but nary a run scored. He was replaced on offense in the bottom of the sixth after 107 pitches, five hits, six Ks, and three walks. He did not factor into the final decision.

Kuroda kept the Swallows off the bases for the most part. Aside from an error at short on a Milledge grounder, the only hits during his seven innings were care of Yamada, Hatakeyama, and Yuhei. Nobody scored.

All of the scoring took place in the top of the ninth. With Barnette on the mound, Schierholtz struck out looking for the first out. But then Tanaka and Soyogi hit back-to-back singles, which put runners on the corners. Matsuyama, pinch-hitting for catcher, Ishihara, then hit a chopper toward first that Hatakeyama opted to go home with. He threw the ball into the Hiroshima dugout. One run scored.

Kokubo then drew a walk, and Maru hit a single to left that scored two.

0-3 Hiroshima

Matsuoka took the mound from there and beaned Kikuchi with the first pitch. Now with the bases reloaded, Arai drew a walk to push a fourth run across home plate.

0-4 FINAL

The loss was Barnette’s first of the season, but despite the frustrating evening, the cameras captured him at the top of the stairs welcoming the team into the dugout after finally recording the third out in the top of the ninth. Hatakeyama got a butt slap, and Matsuoka received a fist bump.

Game three of this series is an early one. First pitch is scheduled for 2 PM tomorrow afternoon, so if you don’t have a ticket yet, then forget about it.

*NOTES:

  • Hatakeyama was the only Swallow to reach base twice (single, BB).
  • Yamada swiped his 29th bag of the season. He’s now one shy of the rare 30-30 season (homers-steals).
  • The season series is now all square at 10 games apiece.
  • Hanshin beat Chunichi 8-2, and Yokohama beat Yomiuri 6-5. Therefore, your Swallows are still in second place, but now 1.5 games behind Hanshin.
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