8/11/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 10th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 3

Hiroshima Carp 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLLWL

(Mazda Stadium)

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The Swallows were not able to ride the momentum from last night’s victory, as they fell 4-3 to the Carp in Hiroshima. The lineup was tweaked slightly by getting Keizo Kawashima’s hot bat into the lineup and giving Tanaka the night off.

 Swallows Carp
1CF Aoki12B Higashide
2SS K. Kawashima2SS Kimura
31B Whitesell3RF Hirose
4LF Hatakeyama41B Kurihara
5RF Balentien5CF Maru
63B Miyamoto63B Barden
72B Kawabata7LF Amaya
8C Aikawa8C Kura
9P Tateyama9P Fukui

The Swallows struck first in the opening frame as Keizo got a 1 out single, and Whitesell followed with a double, to put men on second and third. Hatakeyama cashed in Keizo with a ground out to second. 1-0 Swallows

Tateyama gave the run back in the second inning, when he gave up his first hit of the night, an one out Maru homer to straight away center. 1-1 All

Before Swallows came right back in the next frame to take the lead from the Carp. The inning began with a Keizo walk. After Whitesell struck out looking, Hatakeyama took an 1-0 fastball down the middle and launched it into left. 3-1 Swallows Balentien followed with a double (his first hit in 16 at bats), Miyamoto got a single of his own, and Kawabata was walked to load the bases with 1 out. Unfortunately, neither Aikawa nor Tateyama could do anything to extend the lead any further.

After his lone mistake to Maru, Tateyama looked like he was cruising as he never got into any serious trouble. Things got off to a rocky start in the sixth, howver, as Tateyama opened the inning with a walk to Ishii. Higashide followed with a single to put men on first and second with no out. After Kimura bunted the runners over to second and third, Tateyama was replaced with Matsuoka. Matsuoka’s second pitch hit Hirose to load the bases. The Carp got a run off a sac fly by Kurihara after battling Matsuoka for 7 pitches, in which Kurihara fouled off 6 pitches. 3-2 Swallows Matsuoka was able to limit the damage to that single run as he got Maru to ground out.

After that the Swallows bat that had so tormented Fukui fell silent and the Birds were unable to muster a single hit. The lead was squarely in the hands of the bullpen to protect. Oshimoto and Kyuko were able to keep the Carp off the board in the seventh, and the team naturally went with Barnette in the eighth. Barnette, who was coming off a shaky appearance the previous night, could not shut down the top of the Carp line up. The inning started with a walk issued to Higashide, who advanced on a Kimura bunt. Hirose was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, and the Carp had two men on with just one out. Higashide tied it up 2 pitches later as he singled to left. 3-3 All Before Barnette could settle himself down, Maru seized a pitch inside and belted it to right for a double to score the go-ahead run. 4-3 Carp Barnette got the next two batters out without any trouble, but the damage had already been inflicted.

The Carp sent in Safarte to close out the game, and he did his job by getting 3 quick outs.

Notes

  • The Swallows’ season series against the Carp is now tied 6-6-2.
  • Tateyama lasted 5.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, a walk, a hit batsman, and 2 ERs. Tateyama has given up 2 ERs in his last 7 starts.
  • Barnette took the loss and has given up 3 ER in his last two appearances, after giving up 3 ERs in his first 36 appearances.
  • The Swallows will return home to face the Hanshin Tigers starting tomorrow. It’ll be the first time the Tigers play at Jingu this year. The Tigers are coming off consecutive 1-0 losses to the Dragons.
  • Keizo went 2-for-3 with a walk, a HBP, and 2 runs scored. He has hit safely in his last 5 games in which he has had a plate appearance.

Swallows look dejected

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.

  • Seeing Tanaka not start did make me a little nervous. I don’t share some people’s dislike for Keizo, but I will admit that the line-up shuffling reminds me a bit of the dark days, as does Keizo’s appearance.

  • CarpKing

    I hear the Carp are a good chance for the pennant this year