May 24th 2017, @ Hiroshima

May 24th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 1

Hiroshima Carp 6

Streak: WWLLL Last 5: Lost 3

(Mazda Zooooom Zooooooom Stadium)

W: Ohsera (2-0 ; 3.22 ERA)
L: Ishikawa (4-4 ; 5.07)
5.1 IP | 89 NP | 7 H | 3 K | 1 BB | 4 ER

The Swallows were soundly beaten on a rainy evening in Hiroshima, dropping their third straight game.

 Swallows Carp
1 Obiki (SS)1Tanaka (SS)
2Sakaguchi (CF)2Kikuchi (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Maru (CF)
4Yuhei (RF)4Suzuki (RF)
5Balentien (LF)5Arai (1B)
6Takeuchi (1B)6Abe (3B)
7Nakamura (C)7Dohbayashi (LF)
8Nishiura (3B)8Aizawa (C)
9Ishikawa (P)
5.1 IP | 4 ER
9Ohsera (P)
6 IP | 0 ER
1.2 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 2ER
1 IP | 1 ER
1 IP | 0 ER
1 IP | 0 ER

Ishikawa started and wasn’t at his best, but hung around despite letting a fair few Carp on base over his shift (with no run support whatsoever). Having given up a run in both the 1st and 3rd, he lasted until part way through the 6th, leaving the game with a man on third with one out, having given up a solo Suzuki homer to begin the inning. His fourth earned run scored on a groundout after Guilmet had entered the game to mop up.

Things got off to an inauspicious start for the Tokyo bats meanwhile, with Balentien getting tossed from the game after striking out swinging to end the 1st, stranding men on first and second. After whiffing he threw down his helmet, then angrily approached the home plate ump shouting something along the lines of “A FUCKING BALL!” repeatedly, referencing two outside pitches called for strikes during his at-bat. To the surprise of no-one he was tossed for abusive language.

The only Tokyo run came in the 7th, after starter Ohsera had left the game after six scoreless frames, an Ugumori (Coco’s replacement) double and subsequent Nakamura RBI groundout sparing the Swallows shut-out blushes.

Tomorrow is an off day before your birds head to Nagoya Dome for a series with the Dragons from Friday.

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