Apr 26th 2016, vs Hiroshima

April 26th, 2016

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Hiroshima Carp 11

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL

(Jingu Stadium)

W: Johnson L: Naruse

Hiroshima had plenty to be proud of on a beautiful Tuesday night at Jingu Stadium. The offense exploded for 11 runs, Johnson had a steady game, and Arai hit an important milestone in his career.

 Tokyo Hiroshima
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Tanaka (SS)
2Kawabata (3B)2Kikuchi (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Maru (CF)
4Balentien (LF)4Arai (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Eldred (LF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Suzuki (RF)
7Araki (1B)7Dohbayashi (3B)
8Nakamura (C)8Ishihara (C)
9Naruse (SP)9Johnson (SP)

39 year old veteran Takahiro Arai originally joined the Hiroshima Carp as a sixth round draft pick. 18 years later, he became the 47th player in NPB history to get 2,000 hits. The entire third base and left field half of Jingu, overflowing with fans in red paid homage to him by singing his name all game.

Meanwhile for the Swallows, it was not a good day at the office from the get go.

Tuesday night’s starter for the Swallows, the recently consistently inconsistent Naruse, sailed through the first inning but immediately ran into a massive roadblock in the second inning. This second inning set the tone for the rest of the night as Eldred, Suzuki, and Dohbayashi began the inning with back-to-back-to-back solo home runs. Naruse again ran into issues during the third and fourth innings as he came up earned runs in each inning before manager Manaka and pitching coach Takatsu mercifully brought his night to an end. His pitching line: 4 innings, 9 hits, two strikeouts, and five earned runs given up including three home runs.

The Swallows were somehow able to make a game of it in the fifth inning when All-World Yamada hit a two run home run and Nakamura displayed his recently improved hitting with a run scoring fly ball. 5-3 Hiroshima

Unfortunately on this night, Naruse somehow did not have the worst night of all the Swallows pitchers. That honor went to newcomer Perez as he struggled again coming out of the bullpen. After a walk and giving up two hits to load the bases in the seventh inning, Suzuki stepped up to hit his second home run of the night; this time a grand slam to put the game out of reach from the Swallows. 9-3 Hiroshima

Hiroshima added two more runs in the latter innings, a run scoring single by Maru and another home run by Eldred. 11-3 Hiroshima FINAL


  • Hiroshima starter Johnson had a solid game, going eight innings and keeping Yakult hitters not named Yamada in check.
  • Swallows reliever Perez struggled in his second straight Tuesday, giving up another four earned runs. My assumption is that he spends some time down in the farm to figure things out while the Swallows call up a starting pitcher.
  • Starters for Wedneday’s game at Jingu are: submariner Yamanaka for the Swallows, Nomura for Hiroshima.