9/23/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 23rd, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0

Streak:    Last 5: LWLWW

(Mazda Zoooooom Zooooooooooom Stadium Hiroshima)

This one was a straight-up pitchers battle between Hiroshima’s finest (not to mention the current CL ERA and wins leader) Kenta Maeda facing off against (in the eyes of this writer anyway) Tokyo’s finest, Shohei “f**king cyborg” Tateyama. In the end Tateyama prevailed as he notched up a remarkable third complete-game shutout of the season.

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

After Maeda restricted the Swallows’ bats to just a solitary hit over the first three innings, Tokyo made their second hit count in the 4th as a Whitesell solo homer to right (no.15 for the season) put the birds ahead 1-0.

Meanwhile, Tateyama kept the Carp batters pretty well shackled as he gave up just four hits over the first six inning, never allowing more than a hit an inning (though a HBP and a single in the 3rd put him in a men on the corners jam from which he escaped).

And so to the top of the 7th, with Whitesell leading off the inning with a walk before being replaced by the speedy Noguchi. Ihara then toyed with the sac-bunt but couldn’t lay one down, and eventually struck out swinging for out number one. Aikawa flew out for out number two as it looked like the switch for Whitesell may be a waste, but Noguchi stole second during Miyamoto’s at-bat with the third baseman eventually walking to put two on. Up stepped Onizaki, and he put one into play in right for a single, scoring Noguchi for 2-0 and leaving men on first and second for Tateyama. He hit to short, which was well fielded on the bounce by shortstop Soyogi, only he then messed up his throw to second, allowing Miyamoto to score on the error for 3-0.

Maeda left the game after the 8th, but Tateyama brought the win home for a 3-0 Tokyo Final.

Tateyama’s excellence (9IP/125P/6H/5K/1BB/1HBP/0ER) gave him the win to put his record at 11-6/3.19.

Tokyo outhit Hiroshima 7-6, with Aoki getting a solitary hit in the 1st, meaning he is just three away from the now almost inevitable 200 mark.

From here the Swallows get a day off before the rather random schedule of rainout makeup games begins at Jingu against Yomiuri on Saturday.

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

  • Kozo

    Elimination number updates…
    Giants: 4
    Tigers: 5

    The Swallows play 4 more games this month. Do you think the Swallows will still have playoff hopes heading into October?