8/28/12 – Hiroshima (Home)

August 28th, 2012

Hiroshima Carp 10

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Maeda (12-6 / 1.56 ERA) L: Ishikawa (6-10 / 3.80 ERA))

After the mini-revival that was their first series win in five attempts this last weekend, normal service was resumed at Jingu as Tokyo were tonked by their main rivals for that coveted third place.

And so yet again it was: [another pitching collapse] + [late-waking bats who provided too little too late] = {shitty baseball}².

 Carp Swallows
1Akamatsu (CF)1Ueda (CF)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Tanaka (2B)
3Soyogi (SS)3Milledge (LF)
4Eldred (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
5Dobayashi (3B)5Kawabata (SS)
6Mukae (RF)6Miyamoto (3B)
7Amaya (LF)7Takeuchi (RF)
8Ishihara (C)8Kawamoto (C)
9Maeda (P)9Ishikawa (P)

Again, for sanity’s sake, I’ll endeavour to keep this brief.

Tokyo did actually take the lead in this one in the 4th, as two walks from Maeda and a timely single up the middle from Kawabata put the birds ahead 1-0. Now if Ishikawa could have put in the kind of performance that messrs Tateyama and Muranaka managed at the Nagoya Dome, then I could have been writing 1-0 Tokyo Final, but this is a man who saw his last win way back on the 4th of July so it didn’t quite pan out that way.

And so in the 5th, an (arguably harshly judged) error from Milledge in left put a man on second before Kikuchi singled to tie things up at 1-1.

Things then proceeded to go downhill from that point on:

6th: Ishikawa on the mound. Two walks and two doubles (the second of which was from Maeda) yield three runs. 4-1 Hiroshima. Matsui takes the mound to get the final two outs of the inning.

Top of the 7th: Oshimoto on the mound. Six hits including two home runs yield five runs. 9-1 Hiroshima.

Bottom of the 7th: Maeda still on the mound. That “too little too late” I mentioned earlier. Milledge single and Hatake home run to left yield two runs of little significance. 9-3 Hiroshima.

8th: Hirai on the mound. Double and triple yield Hiroshima’s tenth and final run. 10-3 Hiroshima.

9th: Shoda on the mound. 1-2-3 inning! Yesssssssssssss! 10-3 Hiroshima Final.


  • Ishikawa’s final line: 5.2 IP / 110 P / 6 H / 3 K / 4 BB / 4R / 3 ER. His wait for his first win since the first week of July continues. At least he didn’t have to endure a flower presentation this time. It was his 10th loss of the year, the first time since 2008 he’s lost that many.
  • 5th inning error included, Milledge had a pretty torrid time in the field.
  • Tonight saw Miyamoto’s return to the lineup. He went 0 for 3 with a K, and was replaced on defense late in the game.
  • Hiroshima move ahead in the season series 8-7 with their third straight win against Tokyo. More importantly they are now 3.5 games ahead of the Swallows in third.
  • Things aren’t going to get any easier as tomorrow will see Nakazawa take the mound against Nomura.

A change in catcher did not bring a change in fortunes for Ishikawa

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto