September 24th, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 5
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL
Neither team had a whole lot to play for, and it appears that the better team prevailed.
|W: Nomura (16-3; 2.71 ERA)
L: Ogawa (8-8; 4.50 ERA)
In other news, it looks like the Softbank Hawks won’t repeat their pennant championship either.
|1||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)||1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Takahiro Arai (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Seiya Suzuki (RF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Hector Luna (3B)||6||Atsushi Ugumori (1B)|
|7||Brad Eldred (LF)||7||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)|
|8||Ishihara (C)||8||Nishida (C)|
|9||Nomura (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
Your birds managed just four hits all evening. In other words, the offense prevented a no-hitter, but a shutout was rarely in question.
An Arai double with two outs in the first started the scoring for the home side.
Arai added two more RBI in the third when he homered with one on and two out.
Suzuki added to the pain with a solo shot of his own before Ogawa could secure the final out.
Hiroshima had plenty of extra base hits in this contest. Out of the team’s nine hits, only two were singles.
The home side added one more run in the eighth.
Kokubo’s double with two outs and two on brought home the final insult.
Kawabata was Tokyo’s biggest threat on offense with two hits and three total bases.
Yamada, Balentien, and Yuhei, Tokyo’s 3-5 in the order, went hitless.
Ogawa lasted just three innings.
The remaining question is whether or not Tokyo can hang on to fourth place in the Central League.
Tomorrow’s game should be a healthy indication of that possibility.