September 2nd, 2016
Tokyo Swallows 2
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWLWL
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
The Swallows weren’t able to slow down the Carp in their path to the CL pennant as one bad inning was enough to put the Swallows away at Jingu.
|W: Nomura (13-3)
L: Ishikawa (6-8)
S: Nakazaki (29)
|1||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)||1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)||2||Takahiro Araki (1B)|
|3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Takahiro Arai (1B)||4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)|
|5||Seiya Suzuki (RF)||5||Atsushi Ugumori (RF)|
|6||Brad Eldred (LF)||6||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)|
|7||Shota Dobayashi (3B)||7||Ryota Yachi (3B)|
|8||Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)||8||Akihisa Nishida (C)|
|9||Yusuke Nomura (P)||9||Masanori Ishikawa (P)|
Ishikawa managed to keep the Carp off the board despite allowing hits in his first four innings. Meanwhile Nomura kept the Swallows off the bases giving up just one single through the first three innings.
But it was the Swallows who struck first in the fourth inning. Araki lead off the inning with a solo shot into the left field stands. 1-0 Swallows Yamada followed with a single and Balentien got a walk to set the tables for Ugumori. Ugumori delivered with a single up the middle that was slow enough to give Yamada time to make it home. 2-0 Swallows With no out Yachi, Nishiura, and Nishida weren’t able to stretch the lead any further. (It would turn out that Ugumori’s single was the last Swallows hit of the night.)
Unfortunately the Carp are good and Ishikawa couldn’t get away with his contact pitching. Ishikawa got two outs to start the fifth but back-to-back singles to Kikuchi and Maru put men on the corners. Ishikawa worked Arai to a 2-2 count but Carp Arai is nothing like Tigers Arai and the veteran hit it into the left field seats to take the lead for the Carp. 3-2 Carp Just as the Carp fans were finishing their scoring song, Ishikawa threw a meatball to Suzuki that was good for yet another home run. 4-2 Carp The Swallows pulled Ishikawa and brought in Hirai who managed to get the last out right after giving up a single to Eldred.
Hirai pitched a scoreless sixth and handed off to Matsuoka in the seventh. Matsuoka got Arai to fly out. Suzuki singled but got caught trying to steal second. It looked like Matsuoka got Brad Eldred to strikeout swinging to end the inning, but the umpires had other ideas. Instead, this swing was called a foul.
Everyone had to walk back and resume the at bat. The result was an Eldred walk. Eldred was replaced on the basepaths with Akamatsu who promptly stole second. With first base open the Swallows elected to walk Abe to face Ishihara. Unfortunately Ishihara singled to left to score Akamatsu. Coco made Abe pay for trying to go for home with a throw out to end the inning. 5-2 Carp
Muranaka and Lueke pitched imperfect scoreless innings but the Swallows offense couldn’t get anything going to make them winners. The only baserunner the Swallows got after their “big” fourth inning was when Coco got hit in the left arm by Nakazaki the Carp closer. Coco was rushed to the bench and was replaced by Hiyane on the basepaths but he never got close to scoring. 5-2 Carp FINAL
- Balentien was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with a bruise. He will likely be able to play in tomorrow’s game.
- The Carp win and a Giants loss at the hands of the Dragons lowered the Carp’s magic number to 7.
- The starting pitchers for tomorrow’s match will be Kyle Davies for the Swallows and Hiroki Kuroda for the Carp.
- All the games in this series will likely sell out thanks to eager Carp fans. 30,180 fans were allegedly at tonight’s game.