Sept 24th 2016, @ Hiroshima

September 24th, 2016

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 0Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 5

Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: WLWLL

(Mazda Stadium)

Neither team had a whole lot to play for, and it appears that the better team prevailed.

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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.

 Hiroshima Tokyo
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Takahiro Arai (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Seiya Suzuki (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Hector Luna (3B)6Atsushi Ugumori (1B)
7Brad Eldred (LF)7Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
8Ishihara (C)8Nishida (C)
9Nomura (P)9Ogawa (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.

0-1 Hiroshima

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.

0-4 Hiroshima

Hiroshima had plenty of extra base hits in this contest. Out of the team’s nine hits, only two were singles.

Yeesh.

The home side added one more run in the eighth.

Kokubo’s double with two outs and two on brought home the final insult.

0-5 FINAL

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.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini