9/30/10 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 30th, 2010

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 0

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL

(Mazda Stadium)

Tateyama lost a pitcher’s duel to Maeda in this low-scoring affair in Hiroshima.

Lineup:

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

The entire game was decided in the bottom of the second when Tateyama gave up three singles–the last scoring the deciding run of the game. 1-0 Hiroshima.

Tokyo loaded the bases in the fourth with two outs, but Miyamoto’s pop fly to second squashed the visiting team’s best chance of the game.

Hiroshima’s Maeda pitched a complete game shutout while allowing only six hits.

Tateyama lasted six full innings and was taken out in favor of allowing Takeuchi a chance to strike out in the top of the seventh. The loss means that his record moved to 11-7 and his ERA blipped upward slightly to 3.12.

Oshimoto (2.89) and Matsuoka (2.70) pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings.

On offense, both Tanaka and Miyamoto had two-hit games.

The birds will use today to travel from Hiroshima to Nagoya where they will encounter the first place Dragons on Saturday.

Random thoughts:

According to Yakyu Baka’s calculations, the Swallows cannot lose another game. Oh, and the loss tonight guarantees that Yomiuri will be a nuisance in the playoffs.

Iihara leads the league with 19 HBPs. The left side of his body apparently looks like one big bruise.

Barnette has apparently left the building. He is already back in the states according to the official team website (Japanese).

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

  • So, looking at the wider CL picture (because let’s be honest, we’ve been realistically out of contention for weeks), if Hanshin lose in Hiroshima tonight, the pennant goes to Chunichi. If the Tigers win tonight, the Dragons will have another chance to clinch without lifting a finger on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers meet the Carp again for the final time this year.

    If the Tigers win both of their games in Hiroshima, then Chunichi can clinch if they beat us in Nagoya on Saturday evening. Let’s hope it’s all over before then.

  • Kozo

    Tateyama finally logged enough innings to show up in the league leaders in ERA. Tateyama currently sits in third, but needs to log another 5 and 1/3 innings to make his place on the leaderboard permanent.