May 2nd 2015 vs Hiroshima

May 2nd, 2015

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp  6Tokyo Swallows Logo

Tokyo Swallows 2

Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Kris Johnson had himself another strong performance against the Swallows as the Carp leveled the season series at three games apiece.

W: Johnson (3-0; 0.82 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (2-3; 1.54 ERA)

And as you can see, it all came down to that fateful eighth inning.

 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Takahiro Arai (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Rainel Rosario (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
6Eishin Soyogi (3B)6Takahiro Araki (LF)
7Seiya Suzuki (RF)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Keiji Obiki (SS)
9Kris Johnson (P)9Masanori Ishikawa (P)

Despite not threatening a whole lot, or capitalizing when they had a shot, your Swallows took an early lead thanks to a throwing error by Rosario in left. Rosario picked up Yuhei’s grounder and attempted to get Hatakeyama out at the corner. His throw was well high, and came to rest just in front of the press box behind home plate. That allowed Boo plenty of time to trot home.

1-0 Tokyo

But after four no-hit innings, Ishikawa became eminently hittable in the fifth and sixth. He allowed a single run in each of those frames, but it would have been more if this were 2014. Seven hits in two innings was more than enough for Manaka, however, and Ishikawa was replaced on offense in the bottom of the sixth.

Ishikawa started strongly, but he didn't get the run support he needed.

Ishikawa started strongly, but he didn’t get the run support he needed.

1-2 Hiroshima

In the top of the seventh, Roman had no problem with the bottom of the order, but the eighth was a whole different story. A double and two walks later, the bases were loaded, and Roman was headed to his perch next to Ishikawa on the back bench. In came Nakazawa, and his first pitch to pinch-hitter, Kokubo, found its way into the first row behind the left field wall.

1-6 Hiroshima

Tokyo got one back in the ninth when Yamada scored from second on Hatakeyama’s single to center, but that was it for the fightback.


Game three of this series is tomorrow night at Jingu. Tokyo rookie, Ren Kazahari, will make his pro debut against Hiroshima’s Yuya Fukui (1-0; 1.38 ERA).

*Game Notes

  • Ishikawa threw 85 pitches over six innings of work. He was great through four innings and then lost steam. He allowed two earned runs from seven hits with one strikeout and one walk. His ERA rose slightly to 1.54.
  • Ishikawa pushed his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 22. The fifth inning was the end of that streak.
  • Hatakeyama was the only Bird to reach base twice. He singled to center in the second and ninth innings.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini