July 4th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5
Streak: Lost 3. Last 5: WWLLL
(Hiroshima Municipal Stadium)
Happy Independence Day to all the Americans in the Tsubamegun.
Tokyo went deep into the bullpen and Aaron Guiel saw playing time again in the Swallows’ road loss to the Carp tonight.
The scoring started early, as Norichika Aoki knocked a high Colby Lewis pitch into the right field stands, driving Shinya Miyamoto and himself home in the top of the first inning.
Hiroshima quickly upped the ante, though. Alex Ochoa drove Soichiro Amaya, who had reached base on a Wilson Valdez error, home and was then brought in, along with Kenta Kurihara, when Scott Seabol hit Tokyo starter Masanori Ishikawa’s fastball out of the park.
In the top of the second, Hiroyasu Tanaka got a hit and was then brought home by Masakazu Fukukawa. The inning ended when Ishikawa bunted into the second out and was followed by Fukuchi grounding out.
An Ishikawa error in the bottom of the fourth gave Hiroshima their fifth run and neither team scored for the rest of the game.
Kosuke Matsui replaced Ishikawa in the bottom of the fifth inning and Aaron Guiel came on in right field.
Matsui didn’t last long, with Jun Hagiwara replacing him in the sixth inning. For Hiroshima, Mike Schultz relieved Lewis in the seventh. Ryuji Yokoyama repalced Schultz in the eighth and, for Tokyo, Ryouta Igarashi came in for Hagiwara.
Katsuhiro Nagakawa got the save for Hiroshima.
The Swallows remain in Hiroshima for afternoon games tomorrow and Sunday. A pair of wins would do a lot to help the birds get the playoffs in sight.