9/15/11 – Hiroshima (Away)

September 15th, 2011

Tokyo Swallows  8

Hiroshima Carp 1

Streak: Won 9  Last 5: WWWWW

(Mazda Stadium)

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W: Tateyama (10-2) L: Alvarado (3-6)

The Swallows keep the good times going as they roll over the Carp and secure their third straight series sweep.

 Swallows Carp
1CF Aoki12B Higashide
22B Tanaka2SS Kimura
3Kawabata33B Barden
41B Hatakeyama41B Kurihara
5LF Takeuchi5CF Maru
63B Miyamoto6RF Hirose
7RF Balentien7LF Matsuyama
8C Aikawa8C Ishihara
9P Tateyama9P Alvarado

The Carp struck first in the second inning. Kurihara opened the inning with a single up the middle. Tateyama was able to get Maru to strikeout, but Hirose followed with a single to put 2 men on with 2 out. Matsuyama grounded into a fielder’s choice that advanced Kurihara to third base. Two pitches later, Ishihara got a hit to left to cash in Kurihara. 1-0 Carp The inning ended one pitch later on a weak Alvarado ground out, but the 3 hits early in the game had fans worried about the effectiveness of Tateyama.

Those concerns where allayed as Tateyama only allowed 2 more hits the rest of the night. It simply became a matter of whether our bats would do their job. To that end, “Gio” Alvarado had things under control until the fourth inning. Kawabata lead off the inning with a single to set the table for Hatake. After working the count full, Alvarado left a pitch high in the zone and Hatakeyama made him pay. The ball hung in the air and towered into the left-center field stands, for Hatakeyama’s fourth straight home run in as many games. More importantly, it gave the Swallows the lead. 2-1 Swallows Takeuchi and Miyamoto kept the pressure on with a single and double, respectively, but the Swallows were not able to take advantage of the no out  scoring chance.

Hatakeyama hits his 20th homer.

Tateyama was lights out after a slightly shakey second inning.

The scoring continued in the sixth. Alvarado, having learnt his lesson in the last at bat, started the inning by walking Hatakeyama on 5 pitches. Takeuchi flied out, but Miyamoto battled Alvarado for 9 pitches before getting a single. During that 9 pitch sequence, Alvarado uncorked a wild pitch to allow Hatakeyama to advance to second, which put men on the corners after the the Miyamoto hit. Balentien patiently worked the count until he got a pitch he liked, and sent a liner into center for a double to score Hatakeyama. 3-1 Swallows Alvarado loaded the bases by hitting Aikawa, but did manage to get a strikeout from Tateyama before he was yanked. With the bases loaded with 2 out, the Carp elected to have the lefty Aoki throw to Aoki the lefty. (Isn’t that funny? Not really.) Our Aoki watched their Aoki throw 5 pitches to load up the count, before watching pitch number 6 sail ball for a walk. Our Aoki got an RBI without ever swinging the bat. 4-1 Swallows

The Swallows offense picked up where they left off one inning later with veteran Yokoyama, making his first appearance of the season, on the mound. Kawabaya lead off the inning with a 12 pitch walk, in which he fouled off 6 consecutive balls at one point. Hatake followed with a sharp hit to right to put men on the corners for Takeuchi. Takeuchi did his job by getting a ground-rule double to deep center to score Kawabata, and put men on second and third. 5-1 Swallows Umetsu came in to replace Yokoyama and got Miyamoto out fairly quickly. But Umetsu couldn’t stop Balentien who got a sharp double into the left field corner to score both inherited runners. 7-1 Swallows

The Swallows salted the wound in the ninth inning after Balentien hit a 2 out double, his third of the night, and Aikawa followed with a single to score Balentien. 8-1 Swallows Tateyama ended the Swallows night on offense with his fifth swinging strikeout of the night. In the bottom of the ninth Tateyama got the Carp 1-2-3, as he had done the 3 previous innings, with a little help from diving catch by Tanaka to end the game.

Notes

  • Tateyama pitched his sixth complete game of the season on only 107 pitches. He walked none, gave up 5 hits (all singles), and got 6 strikeouts.
  • Hatakeyama’s home run was his 20th of the season, and his 2 RBIs tonight gives him sole possession of the CL RBI table with 77 RBIs.
  • Elsewhere, the BayStars beat the Giants, and the Dragons beat the Tigers. The Dragons remain 6 games behind the Swallows, while the Giants fell behind to 7.5 games back, and the Tigers are now 9 games behind the Swallows.
  • The Swallows will take a rare Friday off before beginning a stretch of 9 games in 9 days, starting with a 3 game series against the BayStars at Jingu.
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.

  • Loving this run. I was on vacation for a little while, and now can’t seem to catch a game online for the life of me, but seeing that little ‘streak’ digit inflate day after day will suffice.

  • Such a nice site with good game summary!
    In my estimation, the Swallows will win the championship with 73 wins on Sep.14.  That’s a game against the Tigers and the last game at Jingu.    So secure your ticket now!!

    • Mr No

      Do you mean October or do I have to get back to work on my time machine?