10/7/11 – Hiroshima (Home)

October 7th, 2011

Hiroshima Carp 0

Tokyo Swallows  1

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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After reluctantly relinquishing their lead in the CL standings, the Swallows return home to squeak out a win.

 Swallows Carp
1CF Aoki12B Higashide
2LF Fukuchi2CF Akamatsu
3Kawabata33B Barden
43B Hatakeyama41B Kurihara
51B Whitesell5LF Matsuyama
6RF Balentien6RF Hirose
72B Morioka7C Kura
8C Aikawa8SS Kimura
9P Akagawa9P Alvarado

Yeah, that was more like it.

In tonight’s game, I was interested in seeing how Akagawa would do after his no decision against Yokohama last weekend. Surprise, surprise. He came out and got his 6th win. There was not much action on the bases for either team tonight, as they combined for 5 hits.

After quite a few 1-2-3 innings for both sides and a couple of double-plays, the Birds finally did enough to scrape out a win in the seventh. After a lead-off walk by Boo, Whitesell hit into a fielders choice and was replaced on the bases by Tanaka. With one out, Balentein grounded out to third. Tanaka moved to second on the play. That was followed by another walk, this time to Morioka. Aikawa was next up at the dish. He delivered in the clutch, unlike a few Yankees the previous night!

Guess what, I don't just catch the ball. I can smack the s@#t out of it too!!

He hit a nice “timely hit” to left to score the speedy Tanaka. 1 – 0 Tokyo

When I get on base, all I do is score. Yeah, baby!!

Akagawa ended the inning with a ground out  to second.

As Garrett’s favorite role model Porky Pig would say, “bibiba.. That’s all folks!”

The game would end two innings later after a throwing error by Morioka (playing in place of the pneumonia-strickened Morimoto), sent Akagawa to the bench 2 outs away from a complete game. Lim came in to finish the ninth inning and the game. However, there is never a dull moment with Lim. Inheriting a runner on second, Lim induced a ground out before walking Kurihara to put runners on the corners. A pass ball would allow Kurihara to move to second. Lim, one of the few people in Japan who can sweat more than this writer, wiped away the sweat from his brow one more time. He buckled down and threw one more fastball to get Matsuyama to fly out to end the game. Phew!!

Notes

  • Akagawa is now 6 – 1
  • The Dragons drew with the Rabbits of the Tokyo Dome to stay atop the table.
  • Tomorrow will see the Carp battle the Birds again. Potential starters will be Ootake for Toyo and Hirai for Yakult.
  • 16576 witnessed this pitching gem.

MLB Note:

  • Although, I am not a fan of the Detroit Tigers, I look forward to seeing this happen to the Yankees every year:

Another rip-off performance by A-fraud.

What does $200 million get us? Nothing but overplayed players with over-priced tattoos. The Yankees lose! THAAAAAAAAA Yankees loooooooosssssseeee!

About Scott

Scott is an avid fan of the underdog. He spent his childhood cheering for the Chicago White Sox and hating all teams from New York. Once he moved to Tokyo, he quickly directed this same hatred toward the tenants of the Tokyo Dome. Thus began his support of the Swallows (and anyone playing against the indoor Tokyo team).
In his mind, there is not a better place to be than at Jingu stadium watching the Swallows from the bleachers, drinking a nice cold drink, and cheering along with the extremely knowledgeable Swallows fans.

  • No

    I’m curious about Akagawa. I never heard of him before he made a couple of long relief appearances a few weeks before they moved him into the rotation. Was this expected of him, or is he playing over his head?

    • Kozo

      Akagawa was the Swallows’ first round draft pick in 2008. So certainly the Swallows expected him to play a significant role with the team. But as a high school draft pick, it’s hard to project what we should have expected out of him.