October 1st, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 3
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWWL
Your Birds closed out the 2016 season with a make-up game in Hiroshima that left them solidly in fifth place.
|W: Kuroda (10-8; 3.09 ERA)
L: Ogawa (8-9; 4.50 ERA)
S: Imamura (3-4 2S; 2.44 ERA)
Ogawa took the mound for the Swallows, and Hiroshima countered with MLB-veteran, Kuroda.
|1||Sakaguchi (LF)||1||Suzuki (RF)|
|2||Ueda (CF)||2||Tanaka (SS)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|4||Yuhei (RF)||4||Eldred (1B)|
|5||Ugumori (1B)||5||Matsuyama (LF)|
|6||Nishiura (3B)||6||Luna (3B)|
|7||Hirooka (SS)||7||Kikuchi (2B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|9||Ogawa (RHP)||9||Kuroda (RHP)|
The Swallows scored in the top of the first. Ueda got plunked and later scored on Yuhei’s single with two outs.
Unfortunately, that was the last time that Tokyo scored.
Hiroshima won the game in the bottom of the 6th. Kuroda helped his own cause with a leadoff single, and one out later Tanaka drew a walk. An Eldred single with one out brought Kuroda home and tied the score. Matsuyama followed with a double which pushed in tow more.
For the fourth time in the game, Tokyo got two runners on in the top of the eighth. But both runners were stranded as Yamada and Yuhei recorded consecutive outs to flush the momentum.
The Tokyo Swallows finished the 2016 season 64-78-1, bad enough for fifth place (one game behind Hanshin in fourth). Tokyo finished with a 4.73 ERA, the worst in all of Japan by some margin.
However, the team scored the second most runs in the Central League which partially helped offset the dismal starting pitching.
Despite the lousy results, there is still much to be optimistic about. Tune in for the next Tokyo Swallows Podcast which should hit the airways within the next two weeks as we’ll review some of what may be to come.