May 11th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

May 11th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 1  Last 5: LWWLW

(Jingu Stadium)

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W: Ishikawa (4-4 ; 5.04 ERA)
L: Nomura (4-2 : 2.74)
S: Ondrusek (8 S ; 0.00)

As regular readers of this site will be well aware, games against Hiroshima this year have been pretty much all horrible if you happen to be a Swallows fan. Tokyo’s thing has been to adopt the role of rolling over like a playful puppy, allowing the Carp to pad their stats as they feel fit. Need that 2000th career hit Arai? Go ahead! Fancy your first career complete game shut-out Nomura? Be our guest! Want to pretend you’re a clean-up home run slugger Suzuki? Knock yourself out!

Well tonight it looked like the bad joke would continue over the first seven and a half innings of this one, until a wonderful, wonderful late inning offensive explosion gave those gurning Carp fans, who have taken to packing into Jingu like it’s their second home (*cough* RED HANSHIN *cough*), a taste of the other side of the coin.

 Carp Swallows
1Tanaka (SS)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Kawabata (3B)
3Maru (CF)3Yamada (2B)
4Arai (1B)4Balentien (LF)
5Eldred (LF)5Hatakeyama (1B)
6Suzuki (RF)6Yuhei (RF)
7Dobayashi (3B)7Ohbiki (SS)
8Ishihara (C)8Nakamura (C)
9Nomura (P)9Ishikawa (P)

Ishikawa started for the birds, and his quite remarkable alternating road/home:shit/great record continued aka “THE 2016 ISHIKAWA PATTERN”. After a slow start, in which he gave up two runs off three hits and a sac fly in the 1st (2-0 Hiroshima), Masanori settled down to post a final line of 8 IP / 111 NP / 7 H / 5 K / 1 BB / 2 ER.

Alas that looked like it may all be for nothing, as the Tokyo bats looked like they were trying to gift Nomura his second complete game shut-out victory of his career/season, only managing three hits through the 7th inning. But that would all change in the bottom of the 8th, and my oh my, how sweet it tasted.

First up in the fun parade was Hatake, who singled to left to get the party started. Ohbiki was next, hitting a fierce shot to short that Tanaka managed to field on the dive, but couldn’t manage a throw, and two men were on. Nakamura then tried to bunt the tying runs in to scoring positions, laying down a gem along the first base line, and Arai helped the cause by making the wrong choice, a fielder’s choice if you will, of throwing to third, a throw which arrived too late – bases loaded.

That was all for Nomura, departing the game with juiced bases/no outs, with the hard throwing Jackson taking his place on the mound. Cue the real fun starting.

Imanami took to the plate, hitting for Ishikawa,with a chance to continue the patented 2016 ISHIKAWA PATTERN. In an excellent at-bat against a steady diet of fast balls, doing well to lay off a couple of inside pitches (which Jackson was miffed about, and he shouldn’t have been, they were balls), Imanami hit one up the right field foul line to the corner, tying the game with a two-run double, 2-2.

With two runners still in scoring positions, Sakaguchi then popped up the first pitch he saw behind home plate for out number two. Then arrived the comedy portion of the proceedings courtesy of the Crown Prince of Suspect Fielding AKA Dobayashi. After Kawabata dribbled one along the third base line this happened:

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The end result of the hilarity was that the Swallows now had themselves a lead, 3-2 Tokyo, with men on the corners. Breathing room was then supplied from back-to-back RBI singles from Yamada and Balentien, and it was 5-2.

All that was left was for Ondrusek to slam the door shut with a 1-2-3 top of the 9th, making Ishikawa the pitcher of record which evened his record at 4-4 for the season, and we had ourselves the sweetest of results, 5-2 Tokyo Final.

Game Notage

  • The season series against the Carp is now W2-L5. Ogawa will take the mound tomorrow evening looking to make it 3-5.
  • With tonight’s win, although still in 5th place, the Swallows are a mere two games off the top of a bunched-up Central League.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
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  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.
  • Screw the Carp.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD’S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • Kozo

    Because Dobayashi didn’t even touch Kawabata’s ball the Swallows are officially filing papers lobbying for a Kawabata hit.