August 19th, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 6
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWLWL
It was a lovely, error-filled night in Hiroshima.
|W: Ohsera (2-0; 6.00 ERA)
L: Lueke (6-5; 3.23 ERA)
S: Nakazaki (23; 1.68 ERA)
|1||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)||1||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)|
|2||Hiyane (RF)||2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)||3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Takahiro Arai (1B)|
|5||Takahiro Imanami (3B)||5||Brad Eldred (LF)|
|6||Atsushi Ugumori (1B)||6||Seiya Suzuki (RF)|
|7||Yachi (2B)||7||Shota Dobayashi (3B)|
|8||Akihisa Nishida (C)||8||Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)|
|9||Davies (P)||9||Nomura (P)|
Tokyo built a quick lead in the first thanks in no small part to two Hiroshima fielding miscues. The first error allowed Hiyane on with one out, and Balentien got a free pass one out later. So did Imanami. Then a second Hiroshima mistake allowed Yachi on as well, and Hiyane snuck home from third. Ugumori got Tokyo’s first and only hit of the inning after that, a two out single to right which scored two.
But one of the foibles of this year’s team is that they don’t simply shut the door on opponents. Tokyo returned the favor with two quick infield errors of its own (both care of Yachi at second base), and Arai notched an RBI with a sac fly.
Your Birds finally got an earned run off of Nomura in the seventh. Ugumori singled again and Iihara (pinch-hitting for Davies) did the same one out later. Ugumori scored on Nishiura’s single one batter later.
It took Tokyo three relievers to get through the seventh, and Hiroshima clawed a run back in the process. Matsuoka recorded the first two outs and then allowed two singles in quick succession.
Iwahashi was then brought in to face one batter, and he gave up a hit which scored Tanaka. Matsuoka was tagged with the run.
Everything went pear-shaped in the bottom of the eighth.
Suzuki took Lueke yard to start things off, and then the overworked reliever recorded the first two outs of the inning. The third, however, would come at a significant cost. The next three batters strung together a single, a double, and a walk to juice the bases, which brought Maru up again, the same player that singled in Tanaka a frame earlier.
This time he doubled, and the fleet-footed Kikuch scored all the way from first.
Tokyo got two runners on in the top of the ninth but were unable to back up the threat.
Tokyo will attempt to get back to business tomorrow when Ishikawa takes the mound.