June 29th, 2016
Hiroshima Carp 8
Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WWWLL
(Mazda Zooooom Zoooooooooom Stadium)
|W: Kuroda ( 6-3 ; 2.71 ERA )
L: Hara ( 2-8 ; 5.91 )
The red-hot Hiroshima train kept on rolling as they brushed aside the Swallows to win their 11th straight game, the first time in some 32 years the Carp have managed such a feat.
|1||Ohbiki (SS)||1||Tanaka (SS)|
|2||Sakaguchi (CF)||2||Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Kawabata (3B)||3||Maru (CF)|
|4||Yamada (2B)||4||Luna (3B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Suzuki (RF)|
|6||Balentien (LF)||6||Arai (1B)|
|7||Imanami (1B)||7||Matsuyama (LF)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Ishihara (C)|
|9||Hara (P)||9||Kuroda (P)|
In addition to the CL top vs bottom match-up team-wise, tonight’s starting pitching match-up also appeared a little lopsided on paper, with Hiroki Kuroda taking on the oft-wobbly rookie Juri Hara. Things however didn’t go according to the script early on, with Yamada taking Kuroda deep in the top of the 2nd for his 26th long ball of the year to give the Swallows a one run lead.
Hara meanwhile threw a perfect first two frames, before misfortune lead to the game being effectively over as a contest in the top of the 3rd. After allowing back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, Hara left the mound not to return with what was later reported to be a shoulder issue. In came the bullpen to “save the day”, with Tokuyama allowing four runs to score that inning, two of them charged to Hara. Tokuyama would pitch a scoreless 4th, before Naruse came in to put up a zero in the 5th. He would however allow three runs to score in the 6th off two walks, a single, and a Hiroki Kuroda (!!??) bases clearing double.
2014 6th round draft pick Hiroaki Dohi then made his top team debut in the 7th, and things looked bleak early, as a walk and an infield single put two on with no outs, but he buckled-down to get three straight outs to put up a goose egg.
Kyuko then gave up a run off two doubles in the 8th and that was all she wrote as we had ourselves a Carptastic 8-1 Hiroshima Final.
Tomorrow will see Tokyo try once more to snap the Carp’s remarkable streak, Muranaka will get the start for the birds.