9/17/08 – Hiroshima (Home)

September 17th, 2008

Hiroshima Carp logo Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLLLW

(Jingu Stadium)

Cast your minds back to Saturday September 6th. Yakult had just won the 7th out of their last 10 games, beating the hot Giants to keep that 3rd place playoff spot just within tantalising reach.  Fast forward to yesterday night and Tokyo had lost the next 8 straight games, being swept by Hanshin in Koshien followed by Yomiuri at the totalitarian Tokyo Dome, plus the first two games of the home series against Hiroshima.  A loss today would have made it a humiliating 3 sweeps in a row.   Just to put that into pictorial form for you:

So if anyone was going to save us, it was Ishikawa.  After all, he would have cut the losing streak at just two if Lim hadn’t imploded in the 9th against Hanshin.   With the normally reliable bullpen seemingly becoming overworked and tired,  Ishikawa took it on himself to stop the rot, giving up just one run while pitching a complete game (his second of the year, both of which have come against the Carp) for the win.  Masanori gave up eight hits while striking out seven for his 10th win of the year.   This will be the 6th time Ishikawa has had at least a 10 win season in his 7 years as a pro.

The opening Tokyo run came in the 1st off Carp starter Shinoda, with Hatakeyama bringing home Kawashima to make it 0-1.   Hiroshima tied it up in the 4th before the Swallows would re-take the lead for good in the 5th.  Kawashima came up to bat after two hits had put Fukukawa on 2nd and Aoki on 1st with one out.  Keizo then hit to third, but the throw to second wasn’t in time and all three men were safe.  Next man Ihara hit a grounder to second which scored Fukukawa and Yasushi was fast enough to beat the double play throw at first to make it 1-2 with two outs and men on the corners.  During next man Hatakeyama’s at-bat, Takada called for a double steal, with Ihara starting off and drawing the throw to second, allowing Aoki to score before Ihara was ran down for the last out of the inning.  1-3 Tokyo.

Yakult added another in the 6th, Tanaka with the RBI to make it 1-4.  And the 8th brought two more insurance runs, Fukukawa and Aoki bringing home the goods for 1-6.  And with Ishikawa pitching out the game, that was the final. Thank.  F**k.  For.  That. 

So, Tokyo avoided the triple-sweep and Ishikawa’s record now stands at 10-9 with an ERA of 2.680.

They are now 5 games behind the 4th placed Carp.

The Swallows have Thursday off before taking on Yokohama in a three game series from Friday at Jingu.   


About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • In reference to my recent lineup post, Takada completely switched up the batting order for today’s game:

    1 Norichika Aoki (CF)
    2 Keizo Kawashima (SS)
    3 Yasushi Ihara (LF)
    4 Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
    5 Kazuki Fukuchi (RF)
    6 Shinya Miyamoto (3B)
    7 Hiroyasu Tanaka (2B)
    8 Masakazu Fukukawa (C)

  • Excuse me, but it was Ishikawa’s second complete game in this season.
    The first time was on April 22nd(against Carp).
    Anyway, I’m so happy he cut the losing streak!

  • Hi Tomnish.

    You are indeed correct, thank you for the pointer!

    (post edited to correct the original error)

  • Finally! Now we need a rebound winning streak!

  • If we can’t do it against Yokohama. . .