April 8th, 2017
Hiroshima Carp 6
Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL
Your 2017 Yakult Swallows have now dropped five in a row. An inauspicious start to the young season.
|W: Kuri (2-0)
L: Hoshi (0-1)
|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||Tsubasa Aizawa (C)|
|9||Ross Ohlendorf (P)||9||Aren Kuri (P)|
The scoring began in the bottom of the third, when Ohlendorf, in his second start for the birds, gave up a triple to Carper Tanaka and subsequent RBI to he of the pink wristbands, Maru. 1-0 Carp.
Yakult actually managed to take the lead in the seventh. Hatake singled then Nakamura was walked to put men on first and second. Former Lotte Marine Omatsu, who the Swallows picked up in the off-season, came in to bat for Yachi and earned his paycheck with a triple that sent Hatake and Nakamura home. 1-2 Swallows.
But the Swallows’ lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the seventh, rookie Hoshi, brought in for Ohlendorf, promptly walked Aizawa, and Amaya bunted to move the runner to second. Then the real trouble started. Tanaka grounded one to Obiki, who fumbled the ball, putting men on first and third. The errors continued as Balentien then fumbled a fly from Kikuchi, bringing the score to 2-2 and putting runners on first and second. Maru gave the Carp the lead with another RBI, and that was it for Hoshi.
Lueke was brought in to try to stop the bleeding, but, uh, didn’t. Back-to-back RBIs from Arai and Suzuki brought the score to 5-2, then Josh and his beard continued to meltdown with a balk. The final run of the inning came via a sac fly from Eldred, making the score 6-2 Hiroshima, where it stayed until the end of the game.
- The Swallows have played 9 games, won 3 and lost 6, putting them in fifth place ahead of, you guessed it, Chunichi, who have only won a single game so far this season. Thankfully, the suckers from Nagoya are our next opponents (and they’re coming to Jingu, no less) so hopefully we can beat up on them a little bit.
- Ohlendorf had a better time out than last week, giving up just one run over six innings. So that’s something!
- Here’s a gif of Balentien’s error, so we can relive today’s horror over and over for all time.