10/6/10 – Hiroshima (Home)

October 6th, 2010

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 0

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Tateyama started his third game in a row against the Carp. He managed to keep the Hiroshima bats at bay and gave another stellar performance.

The starting lineup:

  1. Fukuchi LF
  2. Tanaka 2B
  3. Hatakeyama 3B
  4. D’Antona 1B
  5. Iihara CF
  6. Takeuchi RF
  7. Morioka SS
  8. Kawamoto C
  9. Tateyama P

Aoki was held out of the starting lineup with right knee pains. Although he did manage to make it into the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth.

The game was really about pitching. The Carp’s Yuki Saito allowed runners fairly regularly throughout the game but managed to keep the Birds off the board for 4 innings. But Tateyama kept pace and never allowing more than 2 runners on base after the first inning.

The Swallows finally got on the scoreboard when Tanaka took a 2-1 offering from Saito and put it into the left field stands. 1-0 Swallows

Tateyama finishes the season with his 4th complete game shutout

That was the only run Saito allowed in 7 innings of work. The Swallows managed to score an insurance run in the eighth against the Carp relievers. Tanaka lead the inning off with a single to centre. Hatakeyama and D’Antona followed with 2 quick fly outs. Iihara and Takeuchi managed to load the bases with back-to-back singles. Tanaka came around to score when Morioka was walked on 4 pitches. 2-0 Swallows

Tateyama ended up pitching his 4th complete game shutout of the season, allowing only 5 hits and a walk, to go with 9 strikeouts. Tonight’s win was Tateyama’s 12th of the season, giving him a 12-7 record in 21 starts. He lowered his ERA to 2.92, which is good enough for third in the Central League leaderboard.

Tanaka was the game’s other hero, as he went 3-for-4 and scored both Swallows’ runs. With tonight’s performance, Tanaka’s average crept up to .299. Hopefully he’ll manage to end the season above .300. (Although his .384 OBP keeps us, here in Tsubamegun, quite happy regardless of his BA.)

Tonight’s win also guaranteed the Swallows a winning record, their first since 2004.

The Swallows have tomorrow night off, before they play their final away game of the season against the Giants on Friday.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

  • Tateyama is the MF man. That is all.

    • Rob

      Just so not all my posts are vents – Tateyama rocks, Tanaka is great (though made to bunt too much), and Jamie and Hatakeyama at LF/3B is not unthinkable, to me. Oh, wait, where to put Fukuchi….