October 2nd, 2008
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1
Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLWWL
A quintessential pitcher’s duel, this game. An amazing performance by rookie, Yoshinori, punctuated by a throwing error I probably would have made if I had been playing first base in the top of the ninth.
Yoshinori (5.82 ERA) pitched eight beautiful innings of four-hit baseball with six K’s and one walk. Trouble was that Hiroshima starter, Ootake, did pretty much the same (minus all the strikeouts). That left the door open for some drama in the ninth.
After his single, Higashide made it over to second before Alex drilled one at Hatakeyama over at third base. Higashide attempted to advance to third after Hatakeyama threw to first, whereby Yuuichi did what I would have done–chuck the ball into foul territory near shallow left field. 1-0 Hiroshima.
Poor Igarashi (2.72). Due to the error, he took the loss.
And that was it.
The offense was completely stifled by Ootake, garnering only five hits in this contest, and never threatened to score.
Tokyo hosts a four game series versus Hanshin starting tomorrow night at 6:20 PM.
Seven games separate Tokyo and third-place Chunichi.