9/22/09 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 22nd, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0

Streak: Won 1      Last : LLLLW

(Mazda Stadium)

After last night’s roadcrash-esque 9th inning failure, Tokyo eased to victory off the back of a superb complete game shutout performance from rotation newcomer Takagi.

The 26 year old earned his second career win as he went the distance on 115 pitches, giving up just 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking none. His record now stands at 2-0/1.10. Who’d have thought back in happier pre-allstar times that he would end up being the form/most reliable starter on the pitching staff come September?

Takada again tinkered with his lineup this afternoon:

  1. Fukuchi (LF)
  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Miyamoto (SS)
  4. Aoki (CF)
  5. Ihara (RF)
  6. Hatakeyama (3B)
  7. Noguchi (1B)
  8. Aikawa (C)
  9. Takagi (P)

Tokyo faced Hiroshima starter Saitoh, and got a man to second in both the 2nd inning (Hatake double) and the 3rd (Aikawa double) but it wasn’t until the 4th that they managed the breakthrough.

Aoki drew a one out walk before Ihara launched one over the fence in leftfield and it was 2-0 Tokyo. It was Yasushi’s sixth homer of the year. Another Hatakeyama double was then followed up by the same from Noguchi and it was 3-0. After Aikawa flew out for out number two, they could have scored more as Takagi chipped in with a single of his own to put men on the corners with two outs, but Fukuchi could only ground out and the lead remained at three.

The teams manage one more hit each in the 5th and after that pitchers dominated as neither team managed another hit through the distance, 3-0 Tokyo Final.

A nice win and Takagi is certainly developing into quite a prospect for the future. But it’ll need another couple of weeks of continous victories like this from the team to make up for the dross served up these last six weeks.

The two teams meet again tomorrow at 13:30 with the season series now tied at eleven.

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

  • flick

    Came home a little over an hour ago from this game and the nightmare from the day before…
    I swear, me and everyone else around me were about to throw themselves from the visitor’s section last night. Things got really really grim up there…
    Zoom Zoom is an awesome experience though.

    I have no idea, and everyone around me seemed to have no idea, about Takada’s batting order. It seems he is just tinkering around just for the sake of tinkering around. But I gotta admit Aoki as “yonban” is kind of exciting.

    • Glad you got to see a win to make up for that first game…..

      When I went earlier this year it was the same, a painful late inning collapse (Igarashi that day) followed by an excellent Ishikawa performance and a win the second game.

      Yes, Takada’s selections do seem random, but that randomness did unearth a gem in Onizaki today at least. Hopefully we’ll be seeing even less of Keizo from now on.

      Zoom Zoom is a wonderful place though, isn’t it? Just like the city that houses it.

  • flick

    On Monday’s game for some reason Takagi was in the starting line-up only to be replaced immediately by Takeuchi in his first at-bat. That was strange.

    • Takada’s done that a few times before, listing a pitcher in place of the rightfielder in the starting lineup.

      I guess he’s trying to hide his choice (RF is pretty much a revolving door these days). Not that it makes the slightest bit of difference.