7/18/08 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 18th, 2008

Hiroshima Carp logoHiroshima Toyo Carp 3Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8

Streak: Won 2. Last 5: WWLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Like last night, this was another weird one. Hiroshima did everything they could to give Tokyo the win in the end.

To Tokyo’s credit, Tanaka had a good game with three hits and one rbi. Tateyama had a decent game on the mound pitching six innings of eight hit, three run ball. Kawashima also chipped in with his second home run of the season.

But in the end, a lot of things just didn’t go Hiroshima’s way. Three errors and 10 walks spelled the difference.

In the seventh inning, for example, Tokyo had only two base hits but scored five runs. Hiroshima had a 3-2 lead up until that point, but things just went from bad to worse.

The bottom of the seventh went a little something like this:
With Schultz (4.43 ERA) pitching, third baseman, Kawashima, strikes out. Aoki and Hatakeyama draw successive walks. Tanaka grounds out to first. Aoki and Hatakeyama score on Iihara’s liner to the gap in right-center field. Iihara never slows down and beats the throw to third base. That’s Iihara’s league-leading fourth triple on the year.

Exit Schultz stage right.

Then, with Umetsu pitching, it was Takeuchi and Fukukawa’s turn to draw successive walks (numbers three and four of the inning!). With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Kawabata (who came in for pitcher, Igarashi) smacked a double to left that scored Iihara, Takeuchi and Fukukawa. Fukuchi struck out to end the inning. 7-3 Swallows.

A final run was added in the eigth when Kawashima and Aoki drew successive beanings from Hiroshima’s Kishimoto, and then Shida drew a walk. Bases loaded again. Kawashima scored on Tanaka’s deep sacrifice fly to left. 8-3 Swallows.

Hiroshima used seven pitchers during this contest with Schultz (1-4) taking the loss in relief. Hiroshima starter, Kozlowski (1-0, 4.18), gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings of work while taking a no-decision. He struck out two and walked three.

Tokyo starter, Tateyama (6-2, 3.39) , also ended up with a no-decision after six innings of work. Igarashi (1-0, 3.71) got his first win since 2006 while working a scoreless seventh.

Game two of the series versus the Carp starts at 6 pm tomorrow at Jingu stadium.

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