8/10/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 10th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 6

Hiroshima Carp 1

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LLLLW

(Mazda Stadium)

Finally, the Swallows manage to snap their longest losing streak of the season. I’d almost forgotten the word, but Mr. Watkins assures me this is what the English call a “win”.

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 Tokyo Hiroshima
1Aoki (CF)1Higashide (2B)
2Tanaka (2B)2Kimura (SS)
3Whitesell (1B)3Hirose (RF)
4Hatakeyama (LF)4Kurihara (1B)
5Balentien (RF)5Maru (CF)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Barden (3B)
7Kawabata (SS)7Shima (LF)
8Aikawa (C)8Ishihara (C)
9Shichijo (P)9Maeda (P)

"Crack!" Or maybe it was more like, "Click!" Or "Thwok!"

Neither side pitched a particularly impressive game, with both teams giving up ten hits. In a change of luck, though, Tokyo was able to bring its guys home.

The first scoring was in the top of the third, when the Birds started at the top of the order. With one out, Tanaka singled to left, but didn’t have to wait on first for long. Maeda’s first pitch to Whitesell was a curve served up right over the plate. Whitesell sent it back to the kitchen, which deep in the right field bleachers. (Incidentally, that’s also where the awful metaphors are made.)

Hatake followed that with another base hit, but Balentien GIDP. Oh well. 2-0 Tokyo.

In the top of the fourth, Miyamoto (which is Kansai-ben for “the friggin’ man”) led off with a triple deep into center. The current shortstop, young Kawabata, followed that up with an RBI single to right. 3-0 Tokyo.

Later on, in the top of the eighth, Umetsu took the mound for the Carp and promptly walked Balentien, who was replaced with the fleet-footed Miwa. Kawabata played the hero again with a high-bounder at Higashide, which gave Swifty time to score. 4-0 Tokyo.

Barnette pitched the eighth for the Swallows and started off by plunking the pinch-hitting Matsumoto up high, but made up for it by getting Higashide to ground into a double play.

It wasn’t over yet, though. Three straight hits by Kimura, Hirose, and Kurihara brought in a run for Hiroshima and earned Barnette an early end to the evening. Kyuko then gave up a single to Maru, loading the bases and getting yanked himself. This brought Matsuoka to the mound to face pinch-hitting Carp legend Tomonori Maeda, who hit a soft grounder back to the pitcher to end the inning. 4-1 Tokyo.

In the ninth, Carp reliever Aoki gave up a hit to Tokyo’s Aoki and sat down, bringing in Kishimoto. Tanaka sac-bunted, Iihara struck out, and Hatakeyama walked, bringing up Takeuchi, who swatted a two-RBI triple. Lim then gave up one hit while safely closing out the game. 6-1 Tokyo, Final.

Shichijo takes the win, improving to 4-0 (2.59). Maeda dropped to 6-8.

One more of these puppies tomorrow night.

  • Kozo

    I think you short sell Shichijo’s strong start. He pitched a good game, scattering only 5 hits over his 7 innings of work with 7 strikeouts and no walks.

    • Quite true. I overlooked his effort altogether. He did well.

  • Kozo

    I think you short sell Shichijo’s strong start. He pitched a good game, scattering only 5 hits over his 7 innings of work with 7 strikeouts and no walks.

  • Count Fistula

    You show the 9 inning score sheet.  I am like.

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