Aug 2nd 2013, vs Hiroshima

August 2nd, 2013

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 13Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: LOSING!!!!    Last 5: LLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Carp DROPPED 13 RUNS on the Birds for the second time in a little more than 2 weeks.

W: Nomura (6-4; 3.56); L: Muranaka (4-7; 4.53)

As ugly as this ended, the Birds actually had the lead early. Unlike the expression “As easy as shooting fish in a barrel,” The fish came out victors in this one.

Abe (SS)1Milledge (LF)
Kikuchi (2B)2Ueda (CF)
Maru (CF)3Kawabata (3B)
Ka'aihue (1B)4Balentien (RF)
Hirose (RF)5Hatakeyama (1B)
Lewis (LF)6Morioka (SS)
Dobayashi (3B)7Yamada (2B)
Ishihara (C)8Nakamura (C)
Nomura (P)9Muranaka (P)

And here we go …

The Birds scored 2 in the first thanks to opening singles by Milledge and Ueda and a RBI-double two outs later by the Marlboro man, Phatakeyama.  2 – 0 Tokyo

The ass-hammering started in the top of the 3rd. Abe opened the fun with a walk. Kikuchi hit a double to right-center that Coco bobbled and would allow Able to score. 2 – 1 Tokyo

Maru would strike out for out number 1. Ka’aihue would then hit a 2-run HR to give the Carp the lead.  3 – 2 Hiroshima

Hirose would hit a single. Lewis would then be hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Dobayashi would knock-in Hirose with the second double of the inning. 4 – 2 Hiroshima

Ishihara would then walk to load the bases. Nomura would help his own cause by hitting a fly to center to score Lewis and the final run of their 3rd inning. 5 – 2 Hiroshima

After Coco flew out, Boo hit a double in the bottom of the 3rd. Morioka hit a single to center to put runners on the corners. After Yamada flew out, Nakamura hit a RBI single to score Boo. 5 – 3 Hiroshima

In the 4th, the Carp continued where they left off in the 3rd. They hit three phawking HRs in the inning to take a commanding 7 run lead. 10 – 3 Hiroshima

Milledge would hit a solo HR in the 4th.  10 – 4 Hiroshima

The Carp would tack on three more runs over the next three innings while the Birds would add one more as well. The final of this debacle was 13 – 5 in favor of the Toyo Carp. Let us all hope for a better result tomorrow. Ogawa is on the hill, so it does look promising.

Game notes:

  • The Birds actually out hit the Carp, 16-14
  • HR tally: Carp 6; Swallows 1
  • 20, 416 made it out for “109mens” day at Jingu
  • This affair lasted just shy of 4 hours, 3:58.
  • The Birds have allowed 10 or more runs 12 TIMES this year
  • MODASHO: Milledge (5), Morioka (2), and Yamada (6)
  • How bad has it gotten? Maru hit an inside the park HR in the 5th
  • Tomorrow will be game two of this set. Nozawa (2-4; 5.7) vs. “Golden child” Ogawa (11-2; 2.7)


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.