April 8th, 2017
Hiroshima Carp 2
Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL
That’s four on the trot, folks.
|W: Okada (1-0)
L: Ogawa (0-2)
S: Jackson (1)
Ogawa went a full seven innings this week in another decent performance, but the offense was largely held in check again.
|1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)||1||Kosuke Tanaka (SS)|
|2||Keiji Obiki (SS)||2||Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||Yoshihiro Maru (CF)|
|4||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||4||Takahiro Arai (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)||5||Seiya Suzuki (RF)|
|6||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||6||Brad Eldred (LF)|
|7||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||7||Tomohiro Abe (3B)|
|8||Ryota Yachi (3B)||8||Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)|
|9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)||9||Akitake Okada (P)|
Ohbiki (2-5) was the only Swallow to reach base twice today with his bat care of singles in the first and third frames. However, he was ineffective with runners in scoring position at two crucial junctures that could have changed the outcome.
Hiroshima did all of its damage in the second inning. Arai lined a 1-1 heater to left to start things off, and then one out later Eldred drew a six-pitch walk. Eldred was forced out at second on Abe’s grounder, leaving runners on the corners. Annoyingly, Arai was able to sneak home from third on a double steal three pitches later. Abe then scored from third on the next pitch, a line drive to right by Hiroshima’s backstop, Ishihara.
Ohbiki’s single in the top of the third was Tokyo’s last until the eighth. Okada lasted 8.1 innings, throwing 147 pitches in the process. He allowed five walks, but he also fanned nine and only allowed five hits. No Tokyo happiness resulted.
Fast forward to the top of the ninth with Okada still on the mound trying to notch a complete game shutout. Yuhei (1-4) struck out looking before Hatakeyama (1-4) doubled to center. Nakamura (0-2, 2BB) added some pressure by drawing a six-pitch walk, and that was enough for Hiroshima skipper Ogata. Jackson came on to try and stem the bleeding, but Ohmatsu (pinch-hitting for Yachi) singled the eighth pitch of the encounter to center, loading the bases. Pinch-hitting sensation, Ugumori, then knocked the first pitch he saw into left to score Hatakeyama comfortably from third. But both Sakaguchi (1-4) and Ohbiki popped out to let Jackson off the hook.
Ogawa got the loss again despite a second solid Saturday in a row. His opposite number was again very competent, blunting the timid bite of a lazing Tokyo offense. He threw 128 pitches over seven innings, struck out nine and walked two, plus the two runs from six hits. That second inning was all it took. Ogawa’s ERA is now 3.00.
Game three is scheduled for 1:30 PM tomorrow afternoon. Tune in to do your part in supporting sweep prevention measures.