September 16th, 2008
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5
Streak: Lost 8 Last 5: LLLLL
Another close game, and another last inning loss.
The pitching has disintigrated, and the offense is not able to manufacture runs during the late innings of the game. Both are recent phenomena.
I don’t know what happened, but we are apparently in the midst of one of “downs” that are so often attributed to baseball. It looks like we’re going to run out of games before we have a chance to experience another “up”.
Tateyama started and gave up five runs (only two earned) through seven innings. Other stats: four K’s, two walks and one plunked batter. Matsuoka, Igarashi, Kida and Matsui (yeah, I know, I was wondering where he had run off to as well) followed in relief. Matsui took the loss (welcome back!) giving up a run in the 11th frame.
Down 0-4 after the second inning, Tokyo rallied over the next several innings to pull ahead 5-4. However, offensive production halted after that, and Hiroshima tied the game in the seventh and won it in the 11th.
Only Fukuchi (2 for 6) had more than one hit for Tokyo in this game, and only Kawashima had two rbi’s. Tokyo batters did draw six walks though. That’s commendable.
That’s Tokyo’s eighth consecutive loss. With 20 games left to play, Tokyo is six games behind third place in the Central League. That will mean that the team needs to win most of the games from here on out to ensure a postseason berth.
The way that they’re playing now, that’s most likely not going to happen.
Game three of the series versus the Carp is tomorrow night at 6:20 PM (Jingu).