9/9/09 – Hiroshima (Home)

September 9th, 2009

Hiroshima Carp logoTokyo Yakult Swallows cap

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 9

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Streak: Lost 4     Last : DLLLL

(Jingu Stadium)

Two-word game report: shit sandwich.

Pertinent game facts:

Hits: Hiroshima 15, Tokyo 5

Hitless Tokyo innings: 6

Winning Pitcher: Colby Lewis 113 pitch complete game shutout with 9K, 0BB.

No. of pitchers to throw a complete game shutout of Tokyo this week: 2

Losing Pitcher: Masanori Ishikawa. 6 innings, 6 runs, 12 hits (2HR), 4K, 0BB , 1HBP. Record now at 10-7/3.63.

Tokyo players that managed to hit: Aoki (2), Fukuchi, D’Antona, Miyamoto.

Number of rookie pitchers to make their pro-debuts tonight: 1. Nineteen year old Katsuki Akagawa. 4 batters faced in the 9th inning. 3 hits (1HR), 3 runs, 2 wild pitches, 0 outs.

Other Relievers involved: Kamada (5.25) worked scoreless 7th and 8th innings. Yoshikawa (0.00) mopped the mess left by Akagawa in the 9th with three straight outs.

Any stained sheets/dodgy umpires calls involved tonight?: Nope. Only ourselves to blame for this one.

Distance to chasing pack: With Hanshin winning tonight they’re just 1.5 games back with Hiroshima a further game behind.

Any hope for some kind of change in fortunes?: Erm…………anyone know a good witchdoctor?

Consecutive series lost: 11

Next game: Tomorrow. With our only two consistently decent starters (Tateyama and Ishikawa) both losing in the first two games of this series, and the bullpen in disarray who knows who will take the mound for that game.

Things are looking: Bad. Real bad.

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

  • zunlin

    Today is 09-09-09 and the game ended 0-9. Also the numbers are against us 🙁

    and the n9 of the slot hit an homer… non a typical situation …

  • Rob

    Haven’t we faced – and beaten – Lewis before? Couldn’t we review our notes and see he works quickly (so call time or step out or whatever to break his rhythm) and throws strikes (so be aggressive and swing the dang bat)? Ngah….

    Kasahara, the plate ump for 9/8 – you know, the one who blew the call on Tateyama’s fastball to Ishii? – did not work last night’s game. I’m hoping he’s been sent to the umpire version of the ni-gun or wherever they send naughty umps when they make blatant errors, but maybe he was just out getting his new glasses.

  • Jingu Bleacher Bum

    It feels like we’re all standing around the Swallows death bed, still hoping for some string of hope. I think it’s time somebody faced the facts that the Swallows are not coming back, and it’s time to pull the plug. I’m calling it at 09:28AM, the Swallows have died, due to a lack of will to fight. 2009 season funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date….

  • The glass is half full, guys.

    We’re now one game closer to getting rid of Takada!

    • This is also true.

      Then again, I’ve got a horrible feeling that as the team showed so much promise in the first half of the season, they may just bring him back.

      • I bet we see more of him next year. After all, he was a star player for the Giants, which means he’s a great manager. There will be an excuse found for why his extraordinary incompetence is not his fault.

  • Mac

    I turned up after three innings to see us 2-0 down. I drank beer and ate some crisps and KFC. Some kind of ‘based ball’ game seemed to be going on in front of me, but I found myself not engaged in it, rather like my team.

    The game ended and I left the stadium. The players of my team were walking to the club house. I shouted at the manager of my team as he walked past, but my abuse was in a language he didn’t understand.

    I then went home and went to sleep.

    The emotional well dried up last Friday. I found myself watching last night and the only way to describe how I felt was ‘numb’.