4/13/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 13th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3

Streak: Lost 3   Last 5: LWLLL

(Mazda Stadium)

Ouch. That hurt.

The Swallows lost this in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off solo home run by Hiroshima’s Ishihara.

Tokyo’s lineup:

1. Iihara LF
2. Tanaka 2B
3. Aoki CF
4. D’Antona 1B
5. Guiel RF
6. Miyamoto 3B
7. Onizaki SS
8. Kawamoto C
9. Tateyama

Tateyama gave up two runs off of three hits in the top of the first inning, but he shut it down after that. He made it through the next seven innings without giving up another hit (two walks).

In the meantime, Tanaka came through with the leveler–a two run homer in the third inning to make it 2-2.

After nine innings, the score was still tied, and the game went into extra frames.

In the top of the tenth, Tanaka drew a one out walk, and D’Antona drew another with two outs. But that was as much momentum as the team could muster as Guiel popped up to center for the third out.

Takagi took the mound for the bottom of the tenth, and with two outs he gave up the game winning hit, a home run, to Ishihara. 3-2 Hiroshima.

So it looks like Hiroshima is this year’s Yokohama (ie. they own us).

Takagi took the loss due to that one fateful pitch, while Oshimoto pitched a scoreless ninth for Tokyo.

Tanaka tied the game with his first homer of the season.

Tokyo’s cleanup, Aoki-D’Antona-Guiel, went a combined 0-14 with only D’Antona reaching once due to a walk.

The offensive player of the game for the birds was undoubtedly Tanaka who had yet another multi-hit game. He went 2-4 with two rbi’s (home run, double) and a walk. His average has now climbed to .365 while interim leadoff man, Iihara, is hitting .350.

Random notes:

Tokyo has now dropped to fourth place in the Central League and is at .500 for the second time this season (the first being after the opening two games of the season versus Yomiuri).

Tateyama (2.63 ERA) is still 2-0. He gave up only three hits and two walks while striking out six in eight innings of work. He threw only 93 pitches.

Miyamoto continues to improve. He had two more hits today and is now batting above .250.

This marks the first time this season that the Swallows have dropped three games in a row.

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

  • Aye aye aye. Can we start playing the Giants again? We seem to win against them.

    • You have now cursed us to never win another game against Yomiuri for the foreseeable future.

      That’s usually my job.

    • ZPB – You have now cursed us to never win another game against Yomiuri for the foreseeable future.

      That's usually my job.

  • The worrying trend of us not taking chances is starting to appear.

    Hiroshima did take their's, but to be honest, they were pretty poor in this game. Both RBI hits in the 1st were weak dribblers up the middle, just evading gloves of diving infielders or Tateyama. Didn't manage a hit for the next 7 innings then won the game on an extra innings solo home run. We should have put them to the sword long before that.

    Though the fact that we continually lose to this team doesn't say a lot about us really. As you said, they are proving to be our Baystars of '10.

  • Guiel's inability to hit lefties is worrying. It pretty obvious they pitched around D'Antona in the 10th to throw at Guiel.