May 10th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

May 10th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLWWL

(Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows wasted a quality start by Arakaki and an early wobble by Kris Johnson to lose yet another game to the Hiroshima Carp.

W: Johnson (4-3)
L: Akiyoshi (1-2)
S: Nakazaki (8)

 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Wataru Hiyane (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Takahiro Arai (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Brad Eldred (LF)5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
6Ryuhei Matsuyama (RF)6Atsushi Ugumori (RF)
7Tomohiro Abe (3B)7Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Kris Johnson (P)9Nagisa Arakaki (P)

The Swallows struck quickly against Kris Johnson in the first. Despite spotting him two outs early, a Yamada walk and a Coco homer quickly gave the Swallows the lead. 2-0 Swallows Johnson walked Hatake, gave up a double to Ugumori, and then walked Obiki to load the bases. Nakamura singled to bring another man home, but Arakaki wasn’t able to continue the rally to widen the lead. 3-0 Swallows

While Arakaki didn’t produce with the bat, he was fooling Carp batters in the early going. Between the first and second innings he managed to get four straight strikeouts. His third strikeout to Arai was the 1000th strikeout of his career.

The Swallows got two hits off of Johnson to put men on the corners with only one out against Johnson in the second only to go down on a Coco GIDP. The Swallows also wasted a one out Ugumori triple to deep center, that was almost a homer, in the third. The inability for the team to capitalize on Johnson’s early shakiness cost the Swallows once Arakaki had his wobbly inning.

While Arakaki was able to start the fourth with a strikeout, his second pitch to Maru found its way into the right field stands. 3-1 Swallows Arai drew a walk and advanced to second on Arakai’s 99th career wild pitch. The wild pitch didn’t matter too much as Matsuyama brought him home on a homer. 3-3 All

Arakaki wasn’t really threatened after that, and Johnson was clean after his initial innings. Arakaki left the game for a pinch hitter after six innings of work and handed the ball off to Akiyoshi. Akiyoshi had come into the game with a 16 game scoreless streak, but an one-out walk to pinch hitting Amaya was punished by back-to-back singles by Tanaka and Kikuchi for a run. 4-3 Carp An Arai single brought in another run that felt like a dagger in the rain. 5-3 Carp

The Carp reliever relay of Hagens, Jackson, and Nakazaki completely shut the door on the Swallows offense. Meanwhile the Carp offense got a solo shot from Seiya Suzuki off of Kyuko in the ninth to widen the lead and that was all she wrote. 6-3 Carp FINAL


  • All four of Seiya Suzuki’s homeruns this season have been hit at Jingu.
  • Arakaki finished the night with 7 Ks on 89 pitches with 6 hits (2 HRs) and a walk.
  • Tomorrow’s announced starters are Masanori Ishikawa for the Swallows and Yusuke Nomura for the Carp. If the pattern holds, Ishikawa is due for a good start tomorrow.
  • The Swallows are now 1-5 against the Carp, who are the only team to have a winning record against the Swallows.
  • The image below tickled my fancy but it’s not quite accurate as Tsubakuro isn’t being demoralized and demolished.
Why won't you just fall?

Why won’t you just fall?

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.