May 17th, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 9
Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL
Water is wet, fire is hot, the sky is blue, Hiroshima destroys Swallows (again).
|W: Johnson L: Arakaki|
|1||Tanaka (SS)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|2||Kikuchi (2B)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Maru (CF)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Arai (1B)||4||Balentien (LF)|
|5||Eldred (LF)||5||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|6||Matsuyama (RF)||6||Ugumori (RF)|
|7||Abe (3B)||7||Ohbiki (SS)|
|8||Ishihara (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Johnson (SP)||9||Arakaki (SP)|
The Swallows made their way to Hiroshima on Tuesday to start a three game series against the surprising Carp.
The starters for this game were lanky lefty Johnson for the Carp and veteran Arakaki for the Swallows.
In their games against Hiroshima this season, the Swallows have been outscored 52 runs to 29.
First inning: Hiroshima got off to a quick start against Arakaki with consecutive RBI singles by Arai and Eldred. 2-0 Hiroshima
Second inning: (starting to get a bad feeling about this one) Tanaka and Kikuchi with consecutive RBI singles again. 4-0 Hiroshima
Fourth inning: (it can’t get any worse can it?) Maru hit a two RBI double off Arakaki. Arakaki then threw a wild pitch to score another run. 7-0 Hiroshima
Sixth inning: (Arakaki hanging in there, let’s just get him to pitch six innings and at least get the bullpen some much needed rest) Arai with another RBI single. 8-0 Hiroshima
Eighth inning: the final cherry on the cake for Arai and his big night, a solo home run to straightaway center. 9-0 Hiroshima Final
Hiroshima lefty Johnson was superb on the night, pitching a complete game shutout.
9 IP, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk
Thankfully for Johnson, he also helped in completing this game in a relatively painless 2 hours 51 minutes for Swallows fans.
News and Notes
- Starters for Wednesday’s game are: Nomura for Hiroshima, Ishikawa for the Swallows.
- In nine games against the Swallows this season, Hiroshima is hitting as a team .309, 17 home runs, and 99 hits.
- Swallows starter Arakaki became the third pitcher in NPB history to record 100 wild pitches.