April 21st, 2017, vs. Hiroshima

April 21st, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentHiroshima Carp 1

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

After falling to sixth place during their off-day the Swallows were looking to end their losing streak and right the ship at home.

W: Ishikawa (2-1); L: Kato (1-2); S: Akiyoshi (2)

 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Takahiro Araki (3B)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Takahiro Arai (1B)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Seiya Suzuki (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Brad Eldred (LF)6Akihisa Nishida (1B)
7Tetsuya Kokubo (3B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Keiji Obiki (SS)
9Takuya Kato (P)9Masanori Ishikawa (P)

The pitching matchup for the game was the same one that kicked off the Carp’s three game sweep in Hiroshima two weeks ago. Unlike near no-hitter last time, the Swallows’ ofense showed enough life to let rookie Kato know that the big leagues was no cake walk.

Yuhei lead off the second inning with a double and Nishida hit a single up the middle to score a run to get the Swallows on the board for the first time in 22 innings. 1-0 Swallows

The Swallows also finally managed to punish Kato for all his walks in the fourth inning. After Kato walked Nishida and Nakamura back-to-back in the fourth, Obiki cashed in a run with a single to extend the Swallows’ lead. 2-0 Swallows

Ishikawa was pitching efficently scattering two hits and a walk through his first four innings. He gave up his obligatory homer in the form of a lead off solo shot to Suzuki in the fifth, but the Carp couldn’t get anything else done against the veteran southpaw. 2-1 Swallows

Araki got the run back with a wind-aided Jingu homer to left center in the bottom of the inning. 3-1 Swallows

That was it for the offense for both sides. Ishikawa pitched seven innings and handed off to Ishiyama who struck out the side in the eighth. Akiyoshi closed out the game in the ninth for a save and the Swallows ended their three game losing streak. 3-1 Swallows FINAL


  • Both Ishikawa and Kato pitched 113 pitches in the game. Ishikawa managed to pitch and extra inning and face two few batters than the rookie. Ishikawa’s final line was 7.0 IP / 6 H / 1 BB / 8 K / 1 R/ 1 ER.
  • Sakaguchi returned to the active roster after being deactivated for ineffectiveness and influenza. He was the only Swallow with multiple hits going 2-for-4.
  • Yamada continued to slump going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts.
  • The win and a Dragons tie put the Swallows marginally back in fifth place with a 6-11 record over the Dragons’ 5-10-3 record.
  • The Swallows launch fireworks after the fifth inning for the first time this season.
  • The Swallows will look to win two agmes in a row in a series for the first time this season tomorrow evening at Jingu. Ogawa will start against Okada in a rematch from two weeks ago in Hiroshima.

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.