8/18/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 18th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 14

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 5

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WLLLW

(Mazda Stadium)

Tokyo got back on track as their bats feasted on Hiroshima pitching in a 21 hit mauling of the Carp. That combined with Ishikawa managing to give the bullpen a much needed night off by going the distance (to record his 7th straight win) made it a good night all round.

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

Hiroshima’s starter was rookie Takeru Imamura, who was making his first pro-start. But unfortunately for him it was a stinker as the Swallows got off to a flyer. In the 1st, a one-out Tanaka single, an error at first which allowed Ihara to reach and a walk for Whitesell loaded the bases for Hatakeyama. He hit his second grandslam of the season/his career (and homer no.9 for the year) to left which made it 4-0 Tokyo.

Tokyo loaded the bases again in the 2nd via two singles and a walk, but they could only bring home one run as a Ihara sacfly made it 5-0.

Hiroshima did briefly threaten in the bottom of the 2nd as Ishikawa gave up three runs off four hits to make it 5-3, but that was as close as they would get as the Swallows pulled away in the 3rd.

With reliever Aoki taking the place of the rookie Imamura (the second of six pitchers who would be used by the Carp), a leadoff Hatakeyama double was followed by an Aikawa single for 6-3. A single for Miyamoto and a safety bunt from Kawabata which took the pitcher by surprise loaded the bases for Ishikawa. The pitcher, who is none too shabby with the bat, chipped one over the infield to centre to make it 7-3. Aoki then doubled down the leftfield foul-line to clear the bases and it was 10-3.

In the 4th, singles from Kawabata and another from Ishikawa set the table for an Aoki single to score another to make it 11-3, and in the bottom of the inning two singles would be enough pull a run back for the Carp for an 11-4 scoreline.

In the 5th, Ihara reached base after being hit and he was brought home by a Whitesell double to put the score at 12-4. Hiroshima’s final run of the evening came in the 6th via Soyogi solo homer, 12-5.

Tokyo would have to wait until the 9th to cap off their scoring, as singles for Ihara and Takeuchi (in for Hatakeyama) and a 2 run Aikawa double finished off the evening for a 14-5 Tokyo Final.

Ishikawa took the win after his complete game 139P/11H/4K/1BB/1HBP/5ER performance as his record moved into positive territory for the first time this year at 9-8/3.72.

The Swallows outhit the Carp 21-11 as they had a hitting jamboree: Aoki 4 hits (.340), Tanaka 3 (.324), Kawabata 3 (.346), Whitesell 2 (.328), Hatakeyama 2 (.302), Aikawa 2 (.294). While the RBI partay was lead by Aoki and Hatakeyama with 4 each, with Aikawa bringing home 3.

The two teams will return tomorrow evening for the rubber game of the series before the Swallows travel to Nagoya for a big series with the Dragons starting Friday.

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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