September 30th, 2008
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW
Tokyo scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to bust up a decent pitching duel between Hiroshima starter, Shinoda, and Tokyo’s Ishikawa.
A couple of miscues in the field for Hiroshima helped fuel this lopsided Tokyo victory, but came up with the hits when they needed them. Aoki, Kawashima and Fukuchi all had two-hit games, and Tanaka belted his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the eigth (two runs scored).
Ishikawa pitched a complete game shutout and gave up only seven hits (three of them in the ninth). His record improved to 11-10 (2.72 ERA) with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Tokyo is still six games behind third place Chunichi, but play the remainder of their games at Jingu. The Swallows host the Carp again tomorrow night at Jingu stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 6:20 PM.