8/31/11 – Hiroshima (Home)

August 31st, 2011

Hiroshima Toyo Carp  10

Tokyo Yakult Swallows  2

Streak: Lost 5       Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Things go from bad to worse as Tokyo see their lead shrink to a paltry 1.5 games after a game about which the less said the better.


  1. Aoki (CF)

    This picture pretty much sums it up

  2. Tanaka (2B)
  3. Kawabata (SS)
  4. Hatakeyama (1B)
  5. Balentien (RF)
  6. Takeuchi (LF)
  7. Miyamoto (3B)
  8. Aikawa (C)
  9. Masubuchi (P)
  1. Higashide (2B)
  2. Amaya (CF)
  3. Shima (LF)
  4. Kurihara (1B)
  5. Maru (RF)
  6. Barden (3B)
  7. Kura (C)
  8. Kimura (SS)
  9. Fukui (P)

Masubuchi started for Tokyo coming off his last decent start against the Giants, but he had a Masubuchi of a start to the game as he gave up a homer to Shima in the 1st for 1-0 Hiroshima.

He then managed to give up just the one hit over the next three innings, but did walk three men as is his way. Two more runs followed off three hits in the 5th, 3-0 Hiroshima, and that was all for the chunky starter (5IP/6H/4K/3BB/3ER).

After wasting a one-out two men in scoring position chance in the 3rd (Aoki hit a liner caught at third, Miyamoto couldn’t get back to base in time = double play) the Swallows did get on the board in the 5th. In an identical situation to that in the 3rd, Aikawa struck out for out number two bringing up Whitesell to pinch hit. During Josh’s at-bat, rookie starter Fukui threw a wild pitch which scored  Takeuchi from third for 3-1. Whitesell could only ground out to the pitcher to leave a runner stranded at third.

In the 6th, Aoki managed to get on base via a single to centre, but after Kawabata hit a high bouncing chopper to third, with no play to be made at first Aoki inexplicably ran past second headed to third and was picked off easily trying to retreat to second, and any momentum the inning and indeed the Swallows may have been gaining was destroyed.

After Oshimoto (3.19) threw hitless 6th and 7th innings, we reached the 8th and 9th. Two innings in which Matsuoka (3.51) and Watanabe (5.28) effectively threw an inning each of  batting practice for the Carp. A dead ball, a walk and three hits yielded three runs in the 8th, while five hits, including three consecutive doubles added another four in the 9th.

Aoki added Tokyo’s other run in the bottom of the 8th, a solo homer to right, and then left the game having fouled a pitch off his knee in the same at bat. That didn’t  look so good for him so we await details of any injury.

10-2 Hiroshima Final.

Masubuchi took the loss and his record is now 6-7/4.87.

The Carp lead the season series 8-6 with 2 ties. They themselves are now just 3.5 games back of Tokyo in 5th place. How quickly things can change in a month.

Tokyo must be hoping that the typhoon predicted to make land this weekend starts to do it’s work from tomorrow, so they get some rainouts in which downtime they can hopefully get their proverbial shit together before having to take the field again. Rain is forecast over the Tokyo area from now until Sunday.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • The rains held so today’s game is going ahead…….

    Aoki is in the starting lineup so it seems no lasting damage was done last night.

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  • Mr No

    Any word about tonight’s game? The weather is as crazy as yesterday…

    • So far, it looks like they’re going to try to go ahead with it.

      Chance of rain being pegged at 50/50.