8/16/12 – Hiroshima (Away)

August 16th, 2012 

Tokyo Swallows 2

 Hiroshima Carp 4

Streak: Lost 2      Last 5: LWWLL

(Mazda Stadium)

Roman came into tonight’s game looking to continue his streak of complete games. But despite a hot start to the game succumb to the Carp bats in the eighth, as the Carp came from behind to take the game and the series from the Swallows.

W: Kawauchi (1-0); L: Roman (7-8); S: Mickolio (16)

Tanaka was benched on favor of Miwa tonight, probably to light a fire under Tanaka’s ass.

 Swallows Carp
1Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)1Yoshihiro Maru (RF)
2Masayoshi Miwa (2B)2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)
3Lastings Milledge (LF)3Eishin Soyogi (SS)
4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)4Brad Eldred (1B)
5Shingo Kawabata (3B)5Shota Dobayashi (3B)
6Kazuki Fukuchi (CF)6Soichiro Amaya (CF)
7Ryosuke Morioka (SS)7Yuichiro Mukae (LF)
8Ryoji Aikawa (C)8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)
9Orlando Roman (P)9Kan Ohtake (P)

In the early going Roman had the Carp locked down. Limiting his mistakes and only allowing 4 runners through the first 5 innings. Meanwhile, the Swallows were getting hits and walks from Ohtake, but couldn’t quite score the big runs. The Swallows manufactured a small ball run in the fourth as a Hatake double was bunted to third, and the Big Boy scored on a Fukuchi sac fly. 1-0 Swallows Morioka followed with a triple but with the team gving up 2 outs for a run, the action stopped there for the inning.

The Carp tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with their own bit of small ball. Higashide, who came in to bat for the pitcher, got a lead off single to start off the inning. Maru popped out to third, but that didn’t stop Kikuchi from trying to get on via a bunt. The attempt failed to put him on base, but it did move Higashide to second. Soyogi cashed in Higashide from second by getting a solid hit to right. A bad throw by Ueda meant there was no play at the plate and Soyogi got to second on the throw. 1-1 All

The Swallows retook the lead in the next half inning. Miwa drew a well earned one out walk and Milledge battled through a 7 pitch at bat to get a single to put men on first and second for Hatake. It appeared that Hatake had grounded into an inning ending double play to short, but Kikuchi messed up the throw to first allowing Miwa to score from second and Hatake to take first. 2-1 Swallows

It fell on Roman’s shoulders to preserve this 1 run lead, but the Puerto Rican couldn’t quite finish as he had in his previous starts. In the eighth inning, after getting a quick first out, Roman gave up a double to pinch hitter Tomohiro Abe followed by a single to Maru to put men on the corners. Roman got closer to ending the inning by getting Kikichi to fly out to shallow left for out number 2. Unfortunately Roman put more pressure on himself by walking Soyogi to load the bases. Roman finally paid the price when Eldred managed to make good enough contact to ground a hit into left field to score 2 runs. 3-2 Carp At this point the Swallows pulled Roman in favor of Yamamoto. Yamamoto added another earned run to Roman’s line by giving up an infield single to Dobayashi, but the inning ended after the run, as Eldred found himself caught on the basepaths for the final out of the inning. 4-2 Carp

Mickolio came in and preserved the win for the Carp. It was a night of missed opportunities for the Swallows offense as they had multiple runners in 5 innings. The Carp tie the season series against the Swallows 7-7-1.

The Swallows now come home to host the Tigers for a three game set over the weekend.

Roman could not get a fourth consecutive win.

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.