Jul 12th 2013, vs Hiroshima

July 12th, 2013

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 9Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 11

Streak: Won 1    Last 5: WWLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

In honor of half-price beer night, both teams agreed before the start of tonights game to let the opposing team have as many hits as possible and that both starters would pitch less than 4 innings. It made for a spectacular offensive explosion!!!!

W: Kiya (1-1; 2.842); L: Imai (1-1; 4.585)

The Hiroshima bats were lively from the get-go but the Swallows showed that they were here to play as well.

Kikuchi (2B)1Yamada (2B)
Maru (RF)2Ueda (CF)
Soyogi (SS)3Milledge (LF)
Ka'aihue (1B)4Balentien (RF)
Hirose (LF)5Hatakeyama (1B)
Akamatsu (CF)6Miyamoto (3B)
Dobayashi (3B)7Kawabata (SS)
Ishihara (C)8Aikawa (C)
Imai (P)9Nakazawa (P)

After a disappointing two games versus the spoiled residents of the bio dome, the Swallows needed to win tonight in more ways than one. However, the game started off bleakly.

Hiroshima would get on the board in the top half of the first. After a quick Kikuchi out, Maru singled. Soyogi was the second out of the inning. Ka’aihue then walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Hirose then hit the ball up the middle. Nakazawa would field it but throw the ball away. Maru would score on the play and Ka’aihue would move to 3rd. Hirose would be safe at 1st. 1 – 0 Hiroshima

Akamatsu would follow that with a single, scoring Ka’aihue. 2 – 0 Hiroshima 

Dobayashi would strike out to end the early threat.

The Swallows, though, would not be out done on their special drinking night. They came out swinging as well. Three singles in a row started off the home half of the first with Coco coming to the plate. With intention of giving someone a lovely take home HR ball, Coco was swinging for the fences. However, he missed that chance and popped out to short. Hatakeyama was up next. All he did was walk on 4 straight pitches and earn in RBI for his work. 2 – 1 Hiroshima

The fun didn’t stop there. Miyamoto hit a grounder to short, scoring Ueda from third but forcing out Boo at second for the 2nd out of the inning. Milledge would be safe at 3rd as was Miyamoto at 1st. 2 -2 

Up next was Kawabata. Shingo, appearing in only the 3rd game of the season, hit a perfect ball to center. By the time the ball was back in the infield, Kawabata was on 3rd and Milledge and Miyamoto were dancing with the rest of the team in the dugout. 4 -2 Tokyo

Aikawa would fly out to end the inning.

The Birds would match their 1st inning run total in the 2nd. Nakazawa would be the obligatory first out of the inning. Yamada then walked  before Ueda struck out for out number 2. Milledge would walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Coco would add to his RBI total by hitting a single back up the middle, scoring Yamada. 5 -2 Tokyo

Hatakeyama then added to the scoring by hitting the first strike he saw this evening (he walked on 4 straight pitches in the 1st and this at-bat the count was 3-0) into the right-center stands. 8 – 2 Tokyo

Miyamoto would fly-out to end the inning.

In the 4th inning, the Carp would cut into the Swallows lead. It started off with a Ishihara HR. 8 – 3 Tokyo

Kokubo batted in place of Imai and walked. Nakazawa then gave up the 2nd HR of the inning, this time to Kikuchi. 8 – 5 Tokyo

Nakazawa was then relieved of his pitching duties for this evening. Abe was brought in from the right-field bullpen to put an end to this madness. He got the next three batters out in order to end the inning.

The Swallows would extend their lead in the bottom of the 4th. Ueda would lead off with a single. Milledge reached base for the third time in four innings, this time on a single to right. Coco hit a grounder to second. Hiroshima, trying to turn two, were only able to get Milledge out at 2nd. This left runners on the corners and only one out. Hatakeyama would be the second out of the inning, as a strike out. But for whatever reason, Ishihara decided to let the ball go passed him and all the way to the backstop. Ueda would score on the play and Coco would move up to 2nd. 9 -5 Tokyo

Miyamoto would strike out to end the inning.

In attempt to keep up with the Swallows, the Carps bats would not disappear. They would again cut into the Swallows lead in the top of the fifth. Hirose lead off the inning with a single. Akamatsu would fly out for number one. Dobayashi would reach on another single. Ishihara would make up for his earlier blunder behind the plate by hitting a single and score Hirose. 9 – 6 Tokyo

Kokubo would earn a walk and load the bases and that would end Abe’s evening. Emura was the next hurler to trot in from the bullpen. He would promptly get Kikuchi to fly out to Milledge. However, it was deep enough to score Dobayashi.  9 – 7 Tokyo

After the 5th inning concluded, both managers agreed to hold off on scoring any runs during the 6th. As it turned out, it was only the second inning that both teams failed to score (3rd being the other).

In the home half of the 7th, the Swallows added to their tally. Kawashima (running for Miyamoto) would score on an error by Ka’aihue.  10 – 7 Tokyo

In the bottom of the 8th, the Swallows tacked on one more. With two outs and nobody on, Hiroshima decided they should pitch to Balentien. Coco showed his appreciation by knocking HR #29 to straight away center.  11 – 7 Tokyo

That would be all the Swallows scored for this evening. However, the Carp refused to give up. In the top of the ninth, they would make the game very interesting but ultimately fall short. They added two more runs on a Dobayashi HR. That brought the final tally to 11 – 9 in favor of Tokyo.


Game Notes:

  • 28,291 individuals were in attendance
  • The game lasted 3 hours and 44 minutes
  • Tokyo added to their season of dominance against the Carp. They are now leading the season series 6-2
  • This was the first win for Kikuchi with the main squad
  • Ueda got his second modasho of the season (this is a Japanese term that means three hits in one game)
  • Coco is still leading all of NPB with 29 HRs
  • Every Swallow starting member (excluding Nakazawa) recorded a hit this evening
  • Tomorrow will see the same two teams go at it. First pitch is 6 pm.
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.