7/29/10 – Hiroshima (Home)

July 29th, 2010

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3

Tokyo Swallows 9

Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW

(Jingu Stadium)

Tonight started off with a scare, but wound up with Yoshinori earning a complete game win, the good guys notching a fourth consecutive win, taking the series, and remaining undefeated since the All-Star Break. (OK, that’s a bit of a hyperbolic fudge, but a sweep is always something to celebrate.)

That's right, son. Hell yeah!

Here’s how it went down.

Starting Line-up for Tokyo:

  1. Aoki
  2. Tanaka
  3. Iihara
  4. Whitesell
  5. Hatakeyama
  6. Aikawa
  7. Miyamoto
  8. Kawabata
  9. Yoshinori

For Hiroshima:

  1. Higashide
  2. Soyogi
  3. Akamatsu
  4. Shima
  5. Hirose
  6. Iwamoto
  7. Ishii
  8. Kura
  9. Stults

In the top of the first, with two outs, Akamatsu on first, and a 2-2 count, Yoshinori went with a smoking fastball high and down the middle. Shima knocked it back the same way for a two-run homer to center field. Yoshinori finally got out of a rough first inning giving up four hits, a walk, and two runs. 2-0 Hiroshima.

Aoki started the Swallows off with a hit; Tanaka and Iihara followed up a with a grounder back to the mound and a pop fly to right before Stults walked Whitesell and Hatakeyama to load the bases for Aikawa, who popped up a high slider for the third out.

The top of the second went easy and the birds finally got on the board in the bottom. Miyamoto hit a hard liner to right to single. Kawabata and Yoshinori grounded out, moving Miyamoto to third in the process. Stults then pegged Aoki. Tanaka followed that up with a single and an RBI on a fly ball to left field before Iihara struck out to end the inning. 2-1 Hiroshima.

The top of the third went as quickly as the second, with Yoshinori giving up one hit (a CF single to Hirose) and getting his revenge on Shima by striking him out.

Whitesell and Hatakeyama started off the bottom of the third with hits. Whitesell got nabbed at third on an Aikawa bunt and Aikawa then got nabbed at second on a Miyamoto bunt before Kawabata made up for his second inning ground out by bringing Hatakeyama home with a single. Tied 2-2.

The next two-and-a-half innings remained uneventful, with Carp batters going down like. . . nevermind. . . and Stults struggling with control and getting yanked for a pinch-hitting Maeda in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, though, the Swallows came alive and made a meal of reliever John Bale, back with the Carp after a two-year stint in Kansas City. Aoki walked. Tanaka singled. Iihara doubled, driving in Aoki. Whitesell singled to left to drive in Tanaka and Iihara and was replaced by the fleet-footed Noguchi. It worked as speedy Fukuchi was brought in to triple, driving Noguchi home, then to score himself on an Aikawa sac fly. Umetsu was brought in to get two quick outs, but the damage had been done. 7-2 Tokyo.

The Carp did nothing to come back in the seventh, but the birds notched one more: a Kawabata and Aoki both got hits and Kawabata made it home, making the score 8-2 Tokyo.

Hirose hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth, making it 8-3 Tokyo.

Iihara knocked one right back at the visitors, though, with a homer to center off Hayashi. 9-3 Tokyo.

Yoshinori got the win on a complete game (tougher hands!) with nine hits (2 HR), three walks, and three earned runs, but seven strikeouts. (6-6, 4.31)

Bale took the loss for Hiroshima (0-3, 1S, 5.96)

The Swallows now have a day off before hosting Yokohama Saturday evening.