Sept 24th 2014, vs Hiroshima

September 24th, 2014

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 3Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 12

Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Neither rain nor a shaky start could stop Sugiura from earning his first pro win. It was a night full of firsts as the Swallows downed the Carp handily at Jingu.

W: Sugiura (1-2)
L: Nomura (7-8)

 Carp Swallows
1Eishin Soyogi (SS)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Ryousuke Morioka (SS)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Brad Eldred (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Ryuhei Matsuyama (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
6Rainel Rosario (LF)6Shinichi Takeuchi (RF)
7Tetsuya Kokubo (3B)7Jun Matsui (LF)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Akihisa Nishida (C)
9Yusuke Nomura (P)9Toshihiro Sugiura (P)

The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to heavy rain but they managed to start the game after the rain weakened. Sugiura didn’t get the greatest of starts as he allowed a solo shot to Kikuchi in the first. 1-0 Carp

The Swallows got the run back in the second off of a double-single combo by Yuhei and Takeuchi. 1-1 All

Meanwhile, Sugiura was giving up singles while racking up strikeouts. Also worrying were the solo home runs he gave up in the third (Maru), 2-1 Carp and the fourth (Ishihara). 3-1 Carp After four innings Sugiura had given up 8 hits (3 HRs) while accumulating 5 strikeouts.

But the Swallows offense finally got to Nomura in the bottom of the fourth inning in a big way. Yuhei started things off with a one out solo shot to right field. 3-2 Carp Takeuchi followed with a walk, and after Matsui struck out, Nishida singled to put men on the corners with two outs. In a move that elicited jeers from the crowd, the Swallows elected to send Sugiura out to bat. The moved paid off however as Sugiura skyed a fly ball deep enough to left to get a double off the wall to tie the game. 3-3 All Yamada broke open the game two pitches later with a three run homer to left. 6-3 Swallows

Sugiura came out and got three straight strikeouts in the top of the fifth to end his night. His second strikeout, to Brad Eldred, got the American thrown out of the game as he argued balls and strikes with the ump. So Sugiura ended the night with 8 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts.

The Swallows added another run in the sixth off of Nishida’s first career home run. 7-3 Swallows Things got even more ridiculous in the seventh as Hiroyasu got a pinch hit RBI single with two men on, and Nishida got a bases loaded double to clear the bases. 11-3 Swallows The offensive debauchery was capped off by Yamada’s second home run of the night, a solo shot to left. 12-3 Swallows

The bullpen relay of Yamamoto (2 Ks), Matsuoka (3 Ks), Nakazawa (no Ks), and Akiyoshi (1 K) each pitched an inning and kept the Carp off the board to give Sugiura his first pro win.

Sugiura shows off a ball from his first win, and Nishida shows off his first home run ball.

Sugiura shows off a ball from his first win, and Nishida shows off his first home run ball.

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.