Apr 27th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

April 27th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: LWLLL

(Jingu Stadium)

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W: Nomura (3-1 ; 2.70 ERA )
L: Yamanaka (1-1 ; 7.36 ERA )

In last Wednesday’s game report I wrote that your 2016 Swallows seemed to be taking shape and gaining momentum. In the five games since then they have gone 1-4 and been outscored 19-40. Sincere apologies to all concerned.

 Hiroshima Tokyo
1Tanaka (SS)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Kawabata (3B)
3Maru (CF)3Yamada (2B)
4Arai (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Eldred (LF)5Yuhei (RF)
6Suzuki (RF)6Ohbiki (SS)
7Abe (3B)7Takeuchi (1B)
8Ishihara (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Nomura (P)9Yamanaka (P)

Yamanaka got his second start after winning that game last Wednesday in his season debut, and stunk up Jingu in his first home appearance of the year, allowing a whopping eight earned runs in his five innings of work.

In the top of the 1st a two-run homer from Kikuchi kept the long ball theme going for the Carp from the prior evening, making it 2-0 Hiroshima. Then that theme continued and then some in the 4th, with another two-run shot from Suzuki (his third in two games) extending the pain to 4-0.

Yamanaka's 4th inning struggle

Yamanaka’s 4th inning struggle

An Abe double and Ishihara timely single made it 5-0, with Tanaka later hitting the Carp’s third 2RHR of the evening for 7-0. Two hits and a sacfly would then wrap up the scoring in the 5th, 8-0.

Hiroshima starter Nomura meanwhile allowed just five hits over the full distance to register his first career complete-game shut-out, 8-0 Hiroshima Final.

Game Notage

  • Yamanaka’s final line: 5 IP / 89 NP / 12 H / 3 HR / 8 ER.
  • Following Yamanaka, Kazahari (6th), Matsuoka (7th, 8th), Kyuko (9th) all put up zeroes with ease. So there’s that.
  • The Swallows did create chances, putting two men on in the 4th (Coco inning-ending double play), one in the 5th (Takeuchi IEDP), two in the 6th (excellent diving catch from Tanaka at short robbing the Swallows who had two men in scoring positions), and two more in the 9th (Coco lineout to second, Yuhei grounder to short to end the game).
  • Today marked Ohbiki’s 1000th career appearance of his ten year career with Orix, Nippon Ham, and now the Swallows. He got some flowers.
  • Tokyo are still winless against Hiroshima this year after four attempts.
  • Tomorrow night will see Arakaki make his first start of the year for the Swallows, and he’ll be facing the Carp’s Okada. Buckle-in folks, we could well be in for more of the same.
About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto