Apr 5th 2016, @ Hiroshima

April 5th, 2016

Tokyo Swallows 5Hiroshima Carp logo clean

Hiroshima Carp 12

Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: DWWLL

(Mazda Stadium)

The Swallows pitching staff continued to struggle, giving up three  home runs en route to a 12-5 thrashing at the hands of Hiroshima.

W: Nomura (1-1-0); L: Naruse (1-1-0)

 Tokyo Hiroshima
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Tanaka (SS)
2Kawabata (3B)2Kikuchi (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Maru (CF)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Luna (3B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Eldred (LF)
6Balentien (LF)6Arai (1B)
7Nishiura (SS)7Suzuki (RF)
8Nakamura (C)8Aizawa (C)
9Naruse (LHP)9Nomura (RHP)

This was a game of two halves: the Swallows won the first four innings and Hiroshima dominated the game after the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the Swallows, NPB does not recognize half games.

The Scoring

First inning: the Swallows got off on the right foot thanks for Balentien’s first home run of the season, a solo shot into the right field seats. Hopefully a sign of things to come from Balentien. 1-0 Swallows

Fifth inning: the floodgates were opened. After four innings of shutout pitching by Naruse, everything came apart at once. Hiroshima loaded the bases before #8 hitter Aizawa hit a grand slam to make it 4-1 Hiroshima. The second straight game Swallows pitching gave up a go-ahead home run to a light hitting #8 hitter.

Sixth inning: RBI hits by Morioka, Arai, Kikuchi and a three run blast by Maru put the game on ice for Hiroshima as they put up six runs. 10-1 Hiroshima

Rest of the game: the Swallows and Hiroshima exchanged runs in the seventh and eighth innings but the damage was done. While the Swallows offense did a decent job, Naruse and Furuno had outings to forget. 12-5 Hiroshima Final

Naruse and Furuno combined for 5 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 3 home runs, and nine earned runs.

The starters for Wednesday’s ballgame will be Johnson for Hiroshima and young Terada for the Swallows.