7/7/12 – Hiroshima (Away)

July 7th, 2012 

Tokyo Swallows 4

 Hiroshima Carp 9

Streak: Lost 1       Last 5: LWWWL

(Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima)

First of all, Happy Tanabata Day to all those residing in Japan.

Secondly, my wish on this Tanabata day is that a Swallows starter make it through a start by not allowing a blow-up inning. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until tomorrow for that to happen.

W: Bullington (4-9); L: Masubuchi (2-3)

After outscoring the 2nd place newspaper boys of Chunichi 24-7 in the last two games, the Birds were on the short-end tonight.

 Swallows Carp
1Milledge (LF)1Amaya (CF)
2Tanaka (2B)2Abe (2B)
3Kabata (SS)3Soyogi (SS)
4Hatekeyama (1B)4Iwamoto (1B)
5Balentien (RF)5Doubayashi (3B)
6Miyamoto (3B)6Hirose (RF)
7Matsui (CF)7Maru (LF)
8Aikawa (C)8Ishihara (C)
9Masubuchi (P)9Bullington (P)

As I alluded to above, this game was pretty much over before the ice keeping the drinks cold began to melt. Although the Birds scored first in the 2nd inning, Masubuchi couldn’t keep it together.

In the top half of the inning, Boo remembered how to hit the ball hard, and started the inning off with a double to right. Coco followed that with a 3-2 walk (although some of the local fans felt it was strike 3). Miyamoto then pushed the big boys ahead a base by bunting. Matsui was the second out of the inning but  was able to advance both Hate and Coco. This meant Hate scored and Coco stopped at 3rd. 1-0 Tokyo

Aikawa then added another run by hitting a single to left, scoring Coco from third 2-0 Tokyo

Masubuchi would be the final out of the inning.

After watching the first two runs of the game be scored by the Swallows, Hiroshima decided to answer right back. Doubayashi lead off the inning with a single. He was followed by a Hirose double. Maru cleared the bases with a 3-run shot to right. 3-2 Hiroshima

Ishihara continued the hit parade by hitting a single to left. Bullington would be the first out of the inning when he bunted Ishihara to second. Amaya would strike out for the 2nd out of the inning. So close to getting out of the inning, Masubuschi then slipped up again. Abe hit a grounder to the left-side of the infield but would slide safely into first (one of my top five moronic decisions in baseball). Soyogi would be intentionally walked to load the bases (another one of my top five moronic decisions in baseball). To prove my point, Iwamoto hit a double to left and cleared the bases. 6-2 Hiroshima

The man who started the inning, Doubayashi, would be the final out via a strikeout.

Ogawa felt Masubuchi was in need of a rest after the long two innings of work and replaced him with Shouda. Not only did Bullington pretty much shut down the Swallows this afternoon, he also added to their misery by hitting an RBI double in the third. He knocked in Ishihara who hit a two-out single and had advanced to second on a balk. 7-2 Hiroshima

The Carp would score two more in the 7th to make it 9-2. 

The Swallows would make the score a bit more respectable by scoring one in the 8th and another in the 9th. However, they never were much of a threat.

9-4 Hiroshima FINAL


  • Going back to last Sunday, the Swallows have scored 37 runs in 4 games, going 3-1
  • They have also given up 21 runs in that same time span
  • The game lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • 22,351 peeps watched this one
  • Balentien hit his 24th HR of the season
  • Maru and Iwamoto went deep for the Toyo Red fishes
  • Tomorrow will see these same two foes go at it. On the hill for the Swallows is Muranaka. He will be going against Nomura.
  • First pitch is at 1:30; good seats (and sofas) still available
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.

  • Hokkaido chocolate

    What happened to Milledge? He got suspended or something?

    • He was, rather harshly to say the least, ejected from the game in the 3rd inning of this one. During the at-bat, he took two pitches, I don’t recall the first, but the second was waaaaay inside, and he basically gave the home plate umpire a quizzical look with arms stretched out in disbelief.

      He then swung and missed at the next pitch and as he headed back to the bench he appeared to say something along the lines of “they weren’t strikes”,  but he certainly didn’t swear/curse or act aggressively in any way at all. He was ejected as he was on his way back to the bench.

      Cue Lastings trying to find out why the hell he’d been tossed, and Ogawa argued his case for a good 10 mins or so. According to Tony Barnette’s twitter, the reason given was the ump didn’t like his “body language”. Absolute horse shit. Even Miyamoto looked totally flummoxed on the bench.

      Aside from what went down in the game I don’t know what’s transpired, apart from the fact that Milledge didn’t start today’s game and in fact doesn’t seem to have even made the bench.

      Hope he’s back soon. We need him.

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