April 8th, 2017 @ Hiroshima

April 8th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 1

Hiroshima Carp 2

Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: WLLLL

(Mazda Stadium)

That’s four on the trot, folks.

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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.

 Swallows Carp
1 Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)
2Keiji Obiki (SS)2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Takahiro Arai (1B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Seiya Suzuki (RF)
6Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)6Brad Eldred (LF)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Tomohiro Abe (3B)
8Ryota Yachi (3B)8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Akitake 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.

How annoying.

0-2 Hiroshima

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.

1-2 FINAL

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.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini