Sept 4th 2015, vs. Hiroshima

September 4th, 2015

Hiroshima Carp logo cleanHiroshima Carp 2

Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW

Kris Johnson has largely been in a thorn in the Swallows side all season, but the offense got to him early enough and the bullpen managed to hold on to get the Swallows’ fourth straight win of the season.

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

W: Ishikawa (9-9); L: Johnson (10-7)
S: Barnette (34)

Kris Johnson came into the night with a 3-1 record against the Swallows. The Swallows managed to get to him before he could get comfortable. Hiyane opened the game with first pitch single to right. He advanced to second on a Kawabata hit-and-run grounder, and came home thanks to a Yamada single. 1-0 Swallows Yamada took second on the throw home and moved to third on a Hatake grounder. After falling behind 2-0 to Milledge Johnson hung a breaking ball high in the zone and Milledge put it into the left field stands for his first home run of the season. 3-0 Swallows

It was on Ishikawa to hold onto the lead and he did an admirable job not breaking. The Carp got a run off a Maru single and Arai double, but despite giving up another single afterwards Ishikawa held. 3-1 Swallows

The Swallows worked Johnson in the third with Hiyane earning a 7 pitch HBP, although he got caught stealing second while Kawabata was earning an 11 pitch walk. Yamada struck out and Hatake singled to put men on the corners but Milledge couldn’t cash in.

Ishikawa was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth and Roman came in to pitch in the sixth. Roman promptly gave up a homer to Brad Eldred which brought the score bit too close for comfort, but he pitched the rest of the inning without incident. 3-2 Swallows

Roman pitched to one batter in the seventh getting an out before he made way for Kyuko. Kyuko got a second out but walked Maru and the Swallows sent in Akiyoshi. However Maru ended up caught in a run down after taking an awkward jump off of first giving Akiyoshi credit for 0.1 innings pitched despite not officially facing batter.

Onrusek came in to pitch the eighth and despite giving up a walk and single to lead off the inning, he cleaned up his own mess with back-to-back strikeouts and a grounder.

In the bottom of the inning Yamada got on via an one out single and Hatake hit a almost bunt-like grounder that Ishihara fielded. Ishihara’s throw to first was so off the mark that it whizzed towards the Swallows’ bullpen and the right fielder took his sweet time giving HATAKE enough time to reach third (!?) and Yamada time to score. 4-2 Swallows

Tony slammed the door on any chance of a Carp comeback and earned his 34th save of the season, a new career-high. 4-2 Swallows FINAL


  • Yamada stole second in the fifth inning giving him 28 on the season.
  • The Carp will send out Kuroda to face Ishiyama in game two tomorrow evening.
  • Tony Barnette and Lastings Milledge were the game heroes making for a rare all-English post-game interview, save for a ヤクルトエイエイオー (Yakult Ei-Ei Oh!) by Tony.


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.