September 28th, 2008
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 6
Streak: L3 Last 5: LWLLL
Yakult’s starters continued to struggle as the Carp won in their last game at Hiroshima Municipal Stadium.
Kawashima started and gave up five runs off four hits (three of them home runs) in his five innings, walking five. And after Yoshikawa gave up a run in the 6th, Tokyo found themselves 0-6 down and the game was as good as over.
They would add two runs in the 7th (Keizo Kawashima and Fukuchi with the RBIs) and one in the 9th (Aoki bringing home the run) but it was a case of too little too late.
Kawashima’s record is now tied up at 7 wins and 7 losses and his ERA is up to 4.909. Carp starter Maeda took the win, his 8th of the year.
After the game was over, was a closing ceremony of sorts for the old stadium. Three pennant flags were brought out, 1979, 1980 and 1984 to represent their three Japan Series victories. The players then took a lap of honour, before standing around the mound. Next, in (what I though at least was) quite a touching moment, the whole stadium rose to sing the team’s song “Sore Ike Carp” before players and fans alike released red jetto fussen balloons into the air, bidding farewell to the stadium that had been the team’s home since 1957.
The two teams meet again on Tuesday at Jingu Stadium for the first of three games, which will be the final meeting between the two teams in 2008. Hiroshima currently lead the season series 11-9, with one tie.
As a Tsubamegun tribute to Hiroshima Municipal Stadium, here’s Sore Ike Carp in it’s full glory, complete with the phallic balloons (not from today’s game of course):