Jul 22nd 2014, vs Hiroshima

July 22nd, 2014

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Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Yagi got a quality start and the Swallows offence managed to overcome an early deficit but late-game fireworks by the Carp put away the Swallows in extra innings.

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W: Nakata (6-3)
L: Kiya (4-5)
S: Mickolio (16)

 Carp Swallows
1Shota Dobayashi (RF)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Brad Eldred (1B)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5Eishin Soyogi (SS)5Ryosuke Morioka (SS)
6Tetsuya Kokubo (3B)6Akinori Iwamura (1B)
7Tsubasa Aizawa (C)7Shinichi Takeuchi (LF)
8Seiya Suzuki (LF)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Bryan Bullington (P)9Ryosuke Yagi (P)

The game started with a ten pitch at bat between Dobayashi and Yagi. Unfortunately Yagi ultimately lost the battle and Dobayashi opend the game up with a solo shot. 1-0 Carp

The Carp got an extra run in the fourth. Yagi opened the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, but gave up back-to-back-to-back singles to score an extra run. 2-0 Carp

Meanwhile Bullington had kept the Swallows offense in check through the first three innings, but he finally looked mortal in the fourth. Bullington gave up a one out walk to Yuhei, and Morioka followed with a single to put men on the corners. Iwamura chopped a grounder to second that was slow and bouncy enough to avoid a double play and score one run. 2-1 Carp Iwamura hustling to first allowed Takeuchi to hit a two run homer two pitches later to flip the score in favor of the Swallows. 3-2 Swallows

The Swallows got an insurance run in the next inning. Yamada got a one out double and advanced to third on a Ueda ground out. Kawabata followed with a single up the middle to stretch the lead by a run. The Swallows proceeded to load the bases but couldn’t get any more runs in the inning. 4-2 Swallows

The Carp threatened with two men on and two out in the sixth, but Yagi was saved after Ueda made a jumping catch along center field wall to end the threat. Bullington’s night ended as he was taken out for a pinch hitter in the seventh. Hirose came into hit for Bullington with one out and hit one into the Carp fans in left for a run. 4-3 Carp The Swallows pulled Yagi and gave the ball to Akiyoshi. Akiyoshi got Dobayashi to fly out, but he gave up a single to Kikuchi. The Swallows brought in Kyuko to face the lefty Maru and Maru made solid contact and hit a ball into right center field. Luckily Ueda made another clutch catch while crashing into the outfiled wall to preserve the Swallows’ lead.

The lead didn’t last much longer as Carpenter gave up a solo shot to Eldred to lead off the eighth inning. 4-4 All It was Eldred’s second homer off of Carpenter in as many nights. Carpenter got throught the rest of the inning without issue but the damage was done.

Tony came in and pitched a perfect ninth with two Ks. The Swallows wasted a chance in the bottom of the inning after a lead off Nakamura single tuned into a failed pinch hit bunt by Araki which ended in a double play.

The Swallows handed the ball to Kiya in the tenth and the Carp commenced their fireworks show. Kikuchi got the Carp fans warmed up with a lead off double to center. Maru whipped the fans into a frenzy with no-doubter into the Swallows fans. 6-4 Carp Eldred followed with his own no doubter, this time into the Carp fans, which simply blew the Carp fans’ minds. 7-4 Carp

The Swallows offense couldn’t get anything going against Mickolio in the bottom of the inning, and thus the game ended on a Swallows whimper. 7-4 Carp FINAL

Random Notes

  • Brad Eldred doesn’t get tons of hits, but when he does they’re homers. Last month Eldred only got 12 hits, but 8 of them went yard. So far in July, 7 of his 15 hits including all three in this series have been for home runs.
  • Balentien was held out of the starting lineup citing pain in his left wrist. Coco was preparing to pinch hit in the tenth but did not get a chance to come into the game. He will have his wrist examined at a hospital but the team is not too worried.
  • Ishiyama will take the mound tomorrow against Toda for the Carp.
Good on Ueda for making clutch plays in center. Yet I still want to call this one "Ueda Runs in the Wall".

Good on Ueda for making clutch plays in center. Yet all I see is Ueda running into the wall.

About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he’s not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.