Aug 3rd 2013, vs Hiroshima

August 3rd, 2013

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 2Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 8

Streak: Won 1    Last 5: LLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Ogawa (12-2); L: Nakazaki (2-5)

No hero interviews! You’ll tire them out and they’ll never win again. The race to .400 is on again.

 Hiroshima Tokyo
1Abe (SS)1Milledge (LF)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Ueda (CF)
3Maru (CF)3Kawabata (3B)
4Kila (1B)4Balentien (RF)
5Matsuyama (RF)5Hatakeyama (1B)
6Lewis (LF)6Morioka (SS)
7Ishihara (C)7Yamada (2B)
8Dobayashi (3B)8Nakamura (C)
9Nakazaki (P)9Ogawa (P)
RPNakata, OnoRPBarnette

In a rare feat, the Swallows not only took the lead early, but made it convincing and held onto it all game, resulting in what old-timers know as a win.

Milledge led off with a single, then got nabbed at second when Ueda singled. Kawabata pulled off a hit-and-run, putting men on the corners for Balentien and Hatakeyama, who both singled in runs. 2-0 Tokyo.

The Birds added to their lead in the fourth, when Morioka and Yamada led off with singles and Nakamura managed to sacrifice them both over a bag. Ogawa then hit a grounder back toward the mound that allowed him to get all the way to second, but got Morioka caught at home. No matter, Milledge smacked a double to right, bringing in two runs. 4-0 Tokyo.

Nakata took the mound for the Carp in the fifth and walked Kawabata before giving up a home run to Balentien. 6-0 Tokyo.

Kawabata and Balentien tag-teamed home plate again in the seventh. With Ono pitching, Kawabata hit a line-drive single to left and Balentien sent the first pitch he saw – a low inside fastball – to the Carp fans as a souvenir. 8-0 Tokyo.

In the top of the eighth, with young Ogawa still pitching, Kikuchi tripled, then scored on a Maru grounder. Kila then doubled and was replaced by the faster Kimura, who scored on a Matsuyama single. Ogawa made it through the eighth. Barnette came in and struck out the side. 8-2 Tokyo, Final.

If the Swallows can win again tomorrow, it’ll be their first back-to-back wins since July 12th and 13th, also hosting the Carp.