8/9/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 9th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows 0

Hiroshima Carp 1

Streak: Lost 5  Last 5: LLLLL

(Mazda Stadium)

After shuffling the lineup over the last couple of games, Ogawa decided to go back to the lineup that got the team this far.

 Swallows Carp
1CF Aoki12B Higashide
22B Tanaka2SS Kimura
31B Whitesell3RF Hirose
4LF Hatakeyama41B Kurihara
5RF Balentien5LF Maru
63B Miyamoto6CF Akamatsu
7SS Kawabata73B Barden
8C Aikawa8C Ishihara
9P Ishikawa9P Bullington

Ishikawa got the start for the Birds, while the Carp started Bryan Bullington. Bullington, who has arguably been the best new import in the CL this year (a discussion Balentien doesn’t really factor into anymore), was facing the Swallows for the first time.

Both pitchers kept their poise throughout the game even after allowing runners on base. Bullington allowed the leadoff runner to get on base in the first, fourth, and fifth, but he kept the Swallows’ bats from doing anything more.

Ishikawa allowed a few more hits but kept the damage to a minimum. In fact, Ishikawa really only made one mistake in the game. Ishikawa allowed Akamatsu to get on base via a hit to leadoff the second inning. That mistake was quickly erased as Ishikawa picked off Akamatsu with a nice move to first. Unfortunately, one pitch later, Ishikawa served up a meatball high in the zone to the recently signed Brian Barden. Barden lined his first career NPB homerun into the left field stands the make give the Carp the lead. 1-0 Carp

The Swallows only got one last chance in the ninth after Aoki leadoff the ninth with a single off Carp closer Dennis Safarte. Hiroyasu advanced Aoki on a sac bunt, but Whitesell and Hatake were both held in check by Safarte who got his 27th save of the season.

The Swallows only got 6 runners on base, and runners in scoring position just twice. Both times it was Aoki bunted over to second after a leadoff single. Hiroyasu and Miyamoto also ended innings prematurely after getting caught stealing with 2 out.

Ishikawa pitched 7 strong innings, scattering 7 hits and a walk. He only gave up 1 extra-base hit, the Barden homer, and got 4 strikeouts. Despite the strong outing, Ishikawa nonetheless got tagged with his 6th loss of the season. Bullington, on the other hand, earned his league-leading 11th win of the season.

This 5 game losing the streak is the longest of the season, and this is the second time the team has gone 6 games without a win. The last time was during interleague when the team went 0-5-1 between May 18 to 25.

The series will continue tomorrow in Hiroshima with Shichijo and Kenta Maeda as the likely starters.

The Swallows waste a strong outing by Ishikawa

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.