Aug 23rd 2013, @ Hiroshima

August 23, 2013 at Hiroshima


Tokyo Swallows 2 Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 6 

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: LLWWL

(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium Hiroshima)


W: Nomura (8-4); L: Kiya (1-2)

It was 80’s night at Zoom Zoom stadium as the Carp uniforms went “back in time” to the McFly era.

Tokyo OrderHiroshima
Hiyane (RF)1Amaya (LF)
Ueda (CF)2Kikuchi (2B)
Kawabata (3B)3Maru (CF)
Balentien (LF)4Ka'aihue (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)5Soyogi (SS)
Aikawa (C)6Matsuyama (RF)
Morioka (SS)7Ishihara (C)
Yamada (2B)8Kimura (3B)
Kiya (P)9Nomura (P)

The Birds were coming off a great series win over the moneymakers and were looking to capitalize on that momentum tonight. However, the Carp had different plans. First this was how the Carp played tonights game:

And later we can all go jump on our 10-speeds and go for a ride together.

And later we can all go jump on our 10-speeds and go for a ride together.

For those suffering from poor vision, that is suppose to look like denim although it isn’t. Anyone else think the alternate jersey craze has gone a weeeee bit out of control?

Then this was happening in the 3rd inning:

Never a good sign to see this early in a game.

Never a good sign to see this early in a game.

So, by the end of the 3rd inning, Tokyo was down 5-0. This is pretty much how it happened:

Kimura singled, was bunted to 2nd by Nomura. Amaya would ground out for out #2. Kikuchi would hit a double to score Kimura 1 – 0 Hiroshima
A double by Maru would score Kikuchi 2 – 0 Hiroshima
A walk by Ka’aihue would set the table for a 3-run HR from Soyogi.  5 – 0 Hiroshima
Matsuyama would hit the 3rd double (4th consecutive extra-base hit in a row) before Ishihara grounded out to end the inning.

Coco would lead off the 5th inning with another HR. 5 – 1 Hiroshima

HR #47; a bright spot in this evenings performance.

HR #47; a bright spot in this evenings performance.

But Hiroshima would answer right back in the bottom of the 5th. Maru would lead off the inning with a walk. Ka’aihue would foul out to Aikawa for the first out. Soyogi then singled to center to end Kiya’s evening. That brought in Oshimoto. He would get Matsuyama to flyout to Morioka for out #2. But yet again the Carp would do damage with two outs. Ishihara would walk to load the bases. Kimura would single to right to score Maru to get the Carps run total to 6. On the play, though, Soyogi would be out at 2nd for the final out of the inning.

The Birds would add one more run in the 8th. Aikawa singled to left to start the inning. Morioka would also single to put runners on the corners. Yamada would then ground into a double play but Aikawa would score on the play.  6 – 2 Hiroshima

That would be how the game ended.

Game notes;

  • 22427 folk suffered through this denim-clad evening
  • the suffering only last 2 hours and 37 minutes
  • Surprisingly,  Tokyo still leads the season series 9-8
  • Coco now has 47 HRs on the season. That homer gave him 100 RBIs for the season too
  • Coco started the game in left field due to a concern for his left leg. He never had played left field previously.
  • Tomorrow will be game two of the 3-game series. Ogawa (12-3) vs Bullington (6-9)


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.