April 5th, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 12
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: DWWLL
The Swallows pitching staff continued to struggle, giving up three home runs en route to a 12-5 thrashing at the hands of Hiroshima.
|W: Nomura (1-1-0); L: Naruse (1-1-0)|
|1||Sakaguchi (CF)||1||Tanaka (SS)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Luna (3B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Eldred (LF)|
|6||Balentien (LF)||6||Arai (1B)|
|7||Nishiura (SS)||7||Suzuki (RF)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Aizawa (C)|
|9||Naruse (LHP)||9||Nomura (RHP)|
This was a game of two halves: the Swallows won the first four innings and Hiroshima dominated the game after the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the Swallows, NPB does not recognize half games.
First inning: the Swallows got off on the right foot thanks for Balentien’s first home run of the season, a solo shot into the right field seats. Hopefully a sign of things to come from Balentien. 1-0 Swallows
Fifth inning: the floodgates were opened. After four innings of shutout pitching by Naruse, everything came apart at once. Hiroshima loaded the bases before #8 hitter Aizawa hit a grand slam to make it 4-1 Hiroshima. The second straight game Swallows pitching gave up a go-ahead home run to a light hitting #8 hitter.
Sixth inning: RBI hits by Morioka, Arai, Kikuchi and a three run blast by Maru put the game on ice for Hiroshima as they put up six runs. 10-1 Hiroshima
Rest of the game: the Swallows and Hiroshima exchanged runs in the seventh and eighth innings but the damage was done. While the Swallows offense did a decent job, Naruse and Furuno had outings to forget. 12-5 Hiroshima Final
Naruse and Furuno combined for 5 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 3 home runs, and nine earned runs.
The starters for Wednesday’s ballgame will be Johnson for Hiroshima and young Terada for the Swallows.