7/10/10 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 10th, 2010

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LLLWW

(Jingu Stadium)

Ishikawa finally managed to get his third win of the season on a sun-drenched afternoon in downtown Tokyo. That ties him with Barnette for fifth on the team in terms of wins.

Today’s lineup:

1. Aoki CF
2. Tanaka 2B
3. Iihara RF
4. Whitesell 1B
5. Hatakeyama 3B
6. Noguchi LF
7. Onizaki SS
8. Kawamoto C
9. Ishikawa P

Tokyo got on the board first this afternoon when Hatakeyama’s two out single scored Iihara from second. 1-0 Tokyo.

The Swallows’ second run came in the third when Whitesell’s two out single was followed by a Hatakeyama double and Noguchi walk. Whitesell crossed home plate on a wild pitch by Hiroshima’s starter, Shinoda. 2-0 Tokyo.

Hiroshima plated one in the top of the fourth, but Tokyo scored two more in the bottom of that inning. Onizaki singled to lead off, and then Ishikawa bunted him over to second. Aoki then clubbed one to left for his seventh homer of the season and a 4-1 Tokyo lead.

Hiroshima made things interesting in the seventh but only came away with one run to show for it after a double play temporarily disrupted the momentum. 4-2 Swallows.

But Hatakeyama capped another big day at the plate with his second homer in as many games–this one a solo shot to left–that gave our closer, Lim, a comfy three-run lead. 5-2 Final.

Lim (1.03 ERA) faced three batters and struck out two of them to record his 16th save of the season. Matsuoka (1.80) pitched a scoreless eighth while Ishikawa (4.05) was able to pitch seven full innings of eight hit, two run baseball.

Hatakeyama again gets the offensive player of the game honors thanks to his three-for-four day at the plate with two RBIs from separate at-bats.

Whitesell and Onizaki both get honorable mentions for collecting two hits each.

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

  • Aoki now leads the team in all major offensive categories except for home runs. 103 hits from 313 at-bats (143 total bases; 41 RBIs) with a .329/.397/.457 line.

    Whitesell has appeared in eight games so far and has 23 official at-bats. His eight hits (two homers) have translated into five RBIs and .348/.483/.739 vitals (1.222 OPS).

  • Kozo

    For those of you follow our Twitter account (or read Japanese boxscores) and were confused about the starting lineup, let me explain…

    Masato Nakazawa, our rookie starting pitcher, was announced as our starting right fielder batting 9th. Before the first pitch of the game, he was replaced by Noguchi.

    This move was probably made because the Swallows didn't know if either the right-hander Geo (Giancarlo Alvarado) or the left-hander Shinoda was making today's start. Putting Nakazawa in the announced starting lineup allowed the Swallows to make their starting decision once Hiroshima tipped their hand. I assume that if Geo had started, Guiel would have been pegged to start.

  • Mac

    Fatake responding well to the abuse and raising his game – the others should learn for his example.