7/17/09 — Hiroshima (Away)

July 17th, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 5

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2

Streak: Won 2    Last 5: LLLWW

(Mazda Stadium)

The still inconsistent Swallows pitching staff made the trip south to Hiroshima to take on the slumping Carp in a best of three series that kicks off the long weekend. Jamie D’Antona made the trip as well, and he was the story of the day.

D'Antona admires number 16.

And Tokyo starter, Ryo Kawashima, had a steadier performance today than has been the norm for our starters over the past three weeks. Kawashima threw five innings of 83-pitch, four hit, two earned run baseball on his way to picking up the win for the birds. He matched that with two K’s against one walk, and the only hiccup came in the bottom of the fourth when he gave up two solo home runs.

Here’s Tokyo’s lineup for Friday’s game:

1.) Aoki (CF)
2.) Tanaka (2B)
3.) Fukuchi (LF)
4.) D’Antona (1B)
5.) Guiel (RF)
6.) Miyamoto (3B)
7.) Aikawa (C)
8.) K. Kawashima (SS)
9.) R. Kawashima (P)

Fortunately Kawashima (5-4, 3.71) was able to leave the game with a three run lead.

The man responsible for that lead, of course, was none other than Jamie D’Antona who had a huge game.

D’Antona led off the second inning with a blast to right, his 15th home run of the season. 1-0 Swallows.

He then singled in the top of the fourth. After being pushed over to second care of a Guiel walk, D’Antona crossed home plate on Miyamoto’s single to left. Guiel did the same when Aikawa followed up with a single to right. 3-0 Tokyo.

Then, after Hiroshima made it interesting with those two solo homers mentioned earlier, D’Antona followed Fukuchi’s single with a homer (his 16th this season) over the center field wall. 5-2 birds.

And that would be it for the scoring although D’Antona did have one more hit. He finished the night 4-4 with three rbi’s!

The only other Tokyo player to reach base more than once was Guiel who had a single and a walk.

D’Antona now leads the team in home runs and is tied with Guiel for the team lead in total bases (131).

The Swallows relief only allowed one more hit the rest of the way as Hagiwara (3.48 ERA), Matsuoka (2.41), Igarashi (1.78), and Lim (0.25) pitched a scoreless inning each. Lim picked up save number 20 in the process.

Aoki was back in the lineup today after serving as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday’s stomping of Yomiuri. He went 1-5 with a single.

At the bottom of Tokyo’s lineup, with Keizo and Ryo Kawashima (no relation) bringing up the rear, the pitcher got the better of the shortstop at the plate with Ryo collecting one base hit and Keizo going 0-4.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 6pm tomorrow night at Mazda Stadium.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini