8/19/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 19th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2

Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LLLWW

(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima)

Know what’s awesome? The name of the Carp’s home park. I mean awesome in size, not in the sense of it being anything other than a stupid name for a stadium. Know what’s awesome in the other sense? Back to back wins.

The Fast Birds:

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

The Decorative Fish:

  1. Higashide
  2. Soyogi
  3. Shima
  4. Kurihara
  5. Hirose
  6. Amaya
  7. Iwamoto
  8. Ishihara
  9. Stults

Swallows are fast and travel far. Carp are popular, but don’t actually do much. To wit:

In the first three bottoms, Yoshinori gave up three walks and hit one, while striking out one.

Meanwhile, good things happened for us. Our own Christopher Pellegrini is supposedly out of town visiting his family or something, but I reckon he was using his high charisma on a night out at Hiroshima’s famous Molly Malone’s with Carp starter Eric Stults. There’s not much of a better explanation for what happened.

After Aoki hit a fly ball for an out to start the game, Stults walked Tanaka, Iihara, and Whitesell. Yes, you read that right. See what’s coming?

Savor the anticipation.

Hatakeyama: 2-run single.

Next, Miyamoto. Stults, obviously afraid of every batter, given that he was throwing almost every pitch away to both lefties and righties, continued that trend. Of course, he could have been trying the old away-away-inside thing and just blowing it. Nevertheless, he threw two kind of fastballs high away to Tokyo’s venerable guru, the second of which wound up in the left field seats, for just the second home run of the season for Miyamoto. 5-0 Tokyo.

Kawamoto grounded out and Kawabata, in a bit of cosmic justice or pseudo-irony, reached first on a fielding error before Yoshinori whiffed to end a fine first inning for our lads.

Top of the second: Aoki, Tanaka, and Iihara singled, bringing up Whitesell, the heavy-hitter, who. . . broke his bat on an attempted sac fly. Man, I hope that was just a misunderstanding. Aoki scored, though. 6-0 Tokyo.

Top of the third was the bottom of our order: Kawamoto K; Kawabata grounder to the same place he hit before, but no E this time; Yoshinori K.

Aoki hit in the top of the fourth, but no one else did. In the bottom of that inning, though, the Carp tried a come back. Ishihara drove in Hirose and Old Maeda came in to PH for the pulled Stults to drive in Amaya. 6-2 Tokyo.

Umetsu came in in relief for Hiroshima and did a much better job than Stults, but not much happened until the top of the 7th, when Fukuchi, pinch running for Whitesell, was driven in from third by Kawamoto. 7-2 Tokyo Final.

Yoshinori notched his ninth win with 10 Ks, but 7 H, 3 BB, and 1 HBP. Oshimoto gave up one hit in relief. Stults took his ninth loss.

The Swallows will next play a three-night stand at the Nagoya Dome, where they will look to repeat the host humiliation of the last time they were there against the ascendant Dragons.

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  • MooreyTokyo

    Nice work from the boys in these last two… As long as the win streaks keep being longer than the losing streaks we will have a chance.

    Massive series in Nagoya now. Come on the boys!

  • I think online is the only place your going to get any real selection of stuff.

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  • SFBird

    Love the throwback unis. That is a seriously bold shade of blue! Anyone know where I can find a shirt sporting our favorite mascot? The gear I've seen at Jinju doesn't really do it for me. I know the birds are criminally underappreciated, but are there any stores about town that sell Swallows stuff?

    The Dragons are unfortunately coming on strong… hopefully we can smack them around tonight. Although, I do like the thought of the Giants imploding and missing the climax series (we can dream, right?)