Aug 13th 2015, @ Hiroshima

August 13th, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 1Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 9

Streak: Lost 3    Last 5: LWWWL

(Mazda Stadium)

The pendulum finally swung the other way and the Carp offense finally got to the Swallows pitching while the Swallows offense was handcuffed by Kris Johnson.

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

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W: Johnson (9-5); L: Ishikawa (7-8)

Kris Johnson came into the game with a 2-1 record against the Swallows with two super quality starts (8+ IP 0 ER), and one horrible start (5.1 IP 8 ER). Unfortunately the good Johnson showed up tonight and the Swallows needed 4.2 innings before they got their first hit.

Meanwhile, the Carp offense got their first hit from their lead off man against Ishikawa and didn’t look back. The Carp got their first run in 19 innings in the second via a sac fly of a lead off double who was bunted over to third. 1-0 Carp

The real damage came in the third as Ishikawa gave up a lead off single to Ishihara. Despite a failed bunt by Johnson for one out, Ishikawa loaded the bases with back-to-back singles to Kikuchi and Maru. Guzman drew a walk for one run. 2-0 Carp But the nail in the coffin came as Arai took the first pitch he saw and put it into the left field stands. 6-0 Carp

Ishikawa managed to finish the third and pitched the fourth but was done after that. Yamamoto came in to pitch in the fifth and promptly gave up a solo shot to dead center to Guzman for yet another run. 7-0 Carp Despite giving up a single right after, Yamamoto managed to get through thanks to a double play. Kiya followed Yamamoto in the seventh inning and gave up a single and homer right away to end the Carp scoring. 9-0 Carp

After being shutdown by Johnson for eight innings, the Swallows managed to get a consolation run off of Heath in the ninth. Yamada lead off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a Yuhei single. Yamada touched home when Imanami, in for Obiki, hit one long enough for a sac fly. 9-1 Carp FINAL

Let’s forget about this one and move on, two out of three on the road ain’t too bad. The loss puts the Swallows’ record at 53-51-1, 2.5 game back of the CL-leading Tigers. The Swallows will now face the Tigers in a three game set at Jingu. A sweep would put the Swallows back at the top of the table. The announced starters for tomorrow’s match will pit Furuno against Fujinami.

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.