May 10th 2017, vs. Hiroshima

May 10th, 2017

Hiroshima Carp 8TS Logo 150x transparent

Tokyo Swallows 7

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLWWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

W: Yabuta (2-1 ; 3.00 ERA)
L: Lueke (1-3 ; 4.11)
S: Imamura (7 S ; 3.00)

The Swallows bats put runs up on the board, but alas the arms couldn’t keep Carp runs at bay as Seiya Suzuki ran amok.

 Carp Swallows
1Tanaka (SS)1Sakaguchi (CF)
2Kikuchi (2B)2Fujii (3B)
3Maru (CF)3Yamada (2B)
4Suzuki (RF)
4Yuhei (RF)
5Eldred (LF)5Balentien (LF)
6Arai (1B)6Ugumori (1B)
7Abe (3B)7Nakamura (C)
8Ishihara (C)8Obiki (SS)
9Osera (P)
5 IP | 6 ER
9Yamanaka (P)
5 IP | 5ER
2 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 1 R | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 2 ER
2 IP | 1 ER

Yamanaka had his shortest outing of the season so far giving up five runs in a lacklustre five innings of work. The first three of those runs came off four hits in the 1st, 3-0 Hiroshima.

Tokyo pulled back two in the 2nd as Ohbiki followed up a Balentien double with his second long ball of the season for 3-2.

But the three run cushion was restored in the 3rd as Suzuki hit the first of his two homers of the evening, a two-run shot, to make it 5-2.

After all of Yamanaka’s issues, he was in line for his first win of the season after the Swallows came back to take the lead in the bottom of the 5th. As Carp starter Osera wilted, two walks and a horrific fielders choice from Abe following a grounder from Yamada (fielded the ball in the vicinity of third, elected to throw to second instead of taking the force at the nearest base) loaded the bases with one out for Yuhei.

The pitcher formerly known as Takai then hit a deep fly to centre which scored a run on the sacrifice for 5-3, before Osera threw one straight down broadway to Coco, and he duly deposited the ball just to the right of the backscreen for a 6-5 Tokyo reversal. It was Balentien’s 4th home run of the season, and his first at home.

Unfortunately for Yamanaka, even though he’d finally got a bit of run support, his quest for win number one for the season will have to resume another day as the bullpen faltered in relief.

Things got off to a positive start as Preston Guilmet struck out all three men he faced in the 6th, but things went awry in the 7th, with Josh Lueke allowing a Kikuchi single before coming to within a strike of escaping the inning with the lead intact. But it wasn’t to be as Suzuki hit his second two-runner of the evening (and RBI number four and five) and Hiroshima retook the lead, 7-6 Hiroshima.

Suzuki rounds the bases in the 7th

Juri Hara gave up a solo dinger to Maru in his second inning of work in the top of the 9th to extend the Carp lead to 8-6, and although the Swallows made closer Imamura sweat in the top of the 9th, loading the bases off two walks and a single, a run then scoring on an error (botched Tanaka throw from short / botched catch attempt from Arai at first), he would manage to strand three runners as we had ourselves a “so close yet that is no comfort whatsoever” 8-7 Hiroshima Final.

Tomorrow’s rubber game will see Masanori Ishikawa attempt to bounce back from a combined fourteen earned runs in eight and a two thirds innings in his prior two starts. He’ll be taking on Fukui.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto