4/24/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

April 24th, 2011

Tokyo Yakult Swallows 8

Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3

Streak: Won 1      Last 5: WWWDW

(Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium)

The Swallows made it out of Hiroshima without losing any of the fixtures in the series, taking their unbeaten streak to eight games, and are, for the moment, in first place.

(I wasn’t sure how to spell that.)

Boom! Fludge!

For Tokyo:

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

For Our Foes from the Delta:

  1. Soyogi (SS)
  2. Higashide (2B)
  3. Hirose (RF)
  4. Tracy (3B)
  5. Kurihara (1B)
  6. Iwamoto (LF)
  7. Amaya (CF)
  8. Ishihara (C)
  9. Fukui (P)

The first three innings were fairly balanced – they had two hits to our one – and Masubuchi, as is his wont, eased his way into the good stuff.

The top of fourth is when it got exciting. With two outs and a full count, Kazuhiro “Fludge” Hatakeyama. . . walked. We’ll take it, though. Aikawa followed this with a weak grounder that Soyogi flubbed, putting men on the corners and bringing up the Antillean Tempest, the Curaçao Cyclone, Wladimir Balentien, who. . . also walked.

Bases loaded, though for a Miyamoto double (he doesn’t need a nickname), which brought in two runs. 2-0 Tokyo.

The shine started to wear off of Masubuchi in the bottom of the sixth, when he started off by walking pinch-hitter Ishii, got Soyogi to pop up out, then gave up a single to Higashide, walked Hirose, then gave up and RBI single to Tracy before following that with a 2-RBI double to Kurihara and getting yanked in favor or 25-year-old rookie Kentaro Kyuko, who beaned the pinch-hitting Kokubo (in for Amaya) on his way to getting the two necessary outs. 3-2 Hiroshima.

Tokyo got right back on top, though, with Aoki singling, stealing second while Kawamoto (in for Takeuchi) struck out, then strolling home when Hatake, deciding it was about time he cemented his spot as a regular, belted his fifth home run of the season on the second pitch he faced from reliever Aoki. 4-3 Tokyo.

Kyuko got one out, gave up a double, then got another out, at which point he was yanked for Matsui, who promptly hit Hirose (third of the game, including the beaning Balentien took on the sixth), then was removed for Matsuoka, who got the third out.

Balentien started the 8th by getting walked again, making that fly to 7, BB, HBP, BB for him. Miyamoto hit a hard single, moving him to second. Matsuoka moved him to third. Aoki (who really is quite good, despite what his own fans might drunkenly shout), then pounded a hard single to center, driving in two runs. 6-3 Tokyo.

In the ninth, Hatake walked again and was replaced by Miwa. Aikawa pointlessly sac-bunted him to second. Miyamoto doubled Miwa in and was replaced by Onizaki, whom Kawabata drove in. Lim walked one on the way to a victory. 8-3 Tokyo.

Someone must have put butter in the chalk bag today, as 11 pitchers combined to hit three batters, walk ten, and give up 15 hits. The good news is, Tokyo’s five hurlers walked only three and hit two, giving up six hits.

Kyuko took the win for the Swallows in his first outing, Aoki the loss for the Carp.

  • Kozo

    Matsui didn’t just bean Hirose, he got Hirose’s head and was ejected.

    • First pitch no less.

    • Ah, so the beaning really was, by strict definition a “beaning” (hit in the head directly and at least open to the possibility of it being intentional). This is what happens when I write reports and miss plays – I get caught.