7/28/09 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 28th, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6

Streak: Won 4     Last : LWWWW

(Jingu Stadium)

Tokyo opened up their second-half campaign with an straightforward victory over the slumping Carp.

Masanori Ishikawa replicated his quality performance from his last start in Hiroshima, going eight innings of two run ball off five hits. Ishikawa didn’t walk a soul and struckout just the one as he improved his record to 9-5/3.74.

Tonight’s lineup:

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

Yakult faced off against Maeda and they got on the board in the bottom of the 4th. Fukuchi led off the inning with a single, later stealing second. D’Antona struck out before Guiel walked to put men on first and second. Miyamoto then hit a timely single to right and it was 1-0 Tokyo.

The Swallows then added two more in the 6th. D’Antona grounded out to short for out number one. Guiel then hit a shallow fly to second, but Carp second baseman Higashide inexplicably fluffed the catch, with the ball bobbling toward the outfield, allowing Aaron to reach second on the error.

Miyamoto flew out to right for out number two and then Aikawa poked one down the 3rd base foul line for a double that made it 2-0. Next man up Keizo then brought the catcher home with a single to right and it was 3-0 Tokyo.

Ishikawa gave up only his fourth hit of the game in the 7th as Amaya tripled, with the outfielder being brought home by a Kurihara sacfly to make it 3-1.

But Tokyo would remove any doubt in the bottom of the same inning. Tanaka and  D’Antona singles were followed up by Guiel’s 16th homer of the year and it was 6-1 Tokyo.

A solo homer from catcher Ishihara followed in the 8th to make it 6-2 before Igarashi (2.89) took the mound in the 9th. This was his first appearance since his shellacking at the hands of the same team on July 18th, when he gave up five runs in a disastrous 8th inning performance. Well, the rest seemed to have done the trick as he didn’t give up a hit (though he did walk one) and the game was done at 6-2 Final.

So a pretty easy game for Yakult, aided by some frankly shocking fielding from the Carp (they committed two more errors on top of the Higashide clanger) . Hirosihima have now won only one (the Igarashi incident) in their last thirteen as they seem to be giving Hanshin a run for sheer shittiness (with Yokohama existing in a different realm alltogether).

Aoki (.246) went hitless in his four plate appearences, as a section of the home support is beginning to turn against their star man.

D’Antona (.289), Miyamoto (.315) and Keizo (.249) all had two hit evenings as the Swallows amassed 10 hits to the Carps 5.

The two teams return to Jingu on Wednesday for game two of the series.

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

  • There was some shockingly bad fielding on display by the visitors last night.

    The Hiroshima defense reminds me of a high school lacrosse team during preseason at the moment. They can’t throw or catch properly, and all movement as a unit is a little bit rusty.