Aug 26th 2014, @ Hiroshima

August 26th, 2014

Tokyo Swallows 6Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 12

Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: WLWWL

(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium)

W: Nomura (6-5 ; 3.71 ERA)
L: Kiya (4-6 ; 7.26)

After being inserted into the rotation to cover for the injured Muranaka, a horrific start for Kiya (who lasted less than an inning) put the Swallows in an early hole that their bats simply couldn’t dig out of as they fell in Hiroshima.

Yamada (2B)1Dobayashi (RF)
Morioka (SS)2Kikuchi (2B)
Kawabata (3B)3Maru (CF)
Balentien (LF)4Rosario (LF)
Yuhei (CF)5Matsuyama (1B)
Hatakeyama (1B)6Soyogi (3B)
Takeuchi (RF)7Tanaka (SS)
Nakamura (C)8Aizawa (C)
Kiya (P)9Nomura (P)

After Balentien gave the Swallows an early lead with a two run homer in the top of the 1st, Kiya essentially smothered himself in faeces and tossed batting practice for the Carp in the bottom of the frame.

After two walks an a single loaded the bases with no outs, a single (2-2), walk, comebacker that Kiya stuck his foot out and connected with (3-2), sac-fly (4-2), ground out, single (for the goddamn pitcher Nomura, 5-2), wild pitch (6-2), wild pitch (runner advances), and a double from lead-off man Dobayashi (7-2). A very sweaty Kiya was benched, and Emura came in to get the final out of the inning.

Things got a touch better in the bottom of the 2nd by comparison to that brutal 1st, with Emura giving up just the two runs via three singles, a bases loaded walk (8-2) and a sac-fly (9-2).

The Swallows bats did not give up though, as singles for Hatake and Takeuchi were followed up with a pinch-hit (in for Nakamura) three-run shot to left from Yachi for 9-5 in the 4th. And in the 6th, another single for Takeuchi, a walk for the third catcher Fuji (who replaced Nakamura on defence in the bottom of the 4th), and a Yamada timely single made it 9-6. 

But that would be as close as they would get as a Matsuoka allowed a double, single, walk, and a three-run double in the 7thand that was all the scoring done for a 12-6 Hiroshima Final.

Game Notage

  • Kiya’s final line: 0.2 IP / 45 P / 5 H / 3 BB / 2 WP / 7 ER. Garbage.
  • Takeuchi went 3 for 4, while Yamada added another 2 hits to his rather large pile of hits for the year.
  • Coco was replaced on defence in the bottom of the 4th (after he flied out to right in the top of the inning) in what I can only imagine was connected with him limping back into the dug-out after gingerly rounding the bases in the top of the 1st.
  • Balentien’s 1st inning homer was his 29th of the year, while Yachi’s 4th inning shot was his first as a pro.
  • Tomorrow will see Chris Narveson take the mound for your 6th placed birds.
Hopefully the first of many for Yachi

Hopefully the first of many for Yachi

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto