August 26th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5
Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL
Yakult dropped it’s 5th straight game as they once again showed an inability to get the runners home in key situations, despite the return of Miyamoto and Aoki from their fruitless Olympic adventures.
Tokyo’s starter was the recently rehabiliated Dicky Gonzalez who couldn’t get enough run support and was thus tagged with his 2nd straight loss since returning to the top team. He gave up three runs off seven hits in his 6 innings, striking out six.
The Carp’s starter was Lewis, who was pretty watertight as usual, picking up his 12th win of the year, giving up just one run off five hits in his 7 innings.
Gonzalez kept Hiroshima hitless through the first 3 innings, but they managed to take a 4th inning lead as three hits for the Carp made it 0-1.
Tokyo pulled level in the top of the 5th, Gonzalez bringing home Kawashima on a ground out for 1-1. But that as the last of the scoring for the birds as the fish added two more in the 6th, and one in each of the 7th and 8th to make it 1-5.
The Swallows relievers were Kida, Satoh and Hanada who got an out apiece in the 7th (Kida being tagged with the run), and Nishizaki in the 8th. Nishizaki got himself into a bases loaded no-out jam, but managed to get out of it limiting the damage to just one run scoring, which was walked in by himself.
Yakult’s best chance to get back in the game came in the top of he 8th inning, with hits from Takeuchi, Fukuchi and Miyamoto loading the bases for Aoki with one out. Unfortunately Aoki could only ground out to second to snuff out the threat and end the inning.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night for the second game of the series.