July 30th, 2017 @ Hiroshima

July 29th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 1

Hiroshima Carp 14

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWLWL

(Mazda Zooooom Zooooooom Stadium)

This ugly outing in Hiroshima, complete with some questionable officiating, looked winnable – until it didn’t.

W: Okada (9-4); L: Ishikawa (4-11)

 Swallows Carp
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Seiya Suzuki (RF)
5Shoitsu Ohmatsu( 1B)5Takahiro Arai (1B)
6Ryota Fujii (3B)6Batista (LF)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Tomohiro Abe (3B)
8Nobuyuki Okumura (SS)8Tsubasa Aizawa (C)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)9Akitake Okada (P)

Ishikawa, looking for his first win since 2015 (that’s what it feels like, anyway) started for the Swallows, and actually looked pretty good, giving up just one run over the first five frames.

Unfortunately, Hiroshima’s own starter, Okada, was looking pretty darn good himself. Still, going into the sixth, this game felt entirely winnable.

Things got weird, however, during the top of the sixth. A Sakaguchi hit, Yamasaki bunt and Balentien walk put men on first and second – then a hit to right by Ohmatsu on two outs sent Sakaguchi scrambling to home, where Hiroshima catcher Aizawa caught the ball and placed himself squarely on base, resulting in a collision. Thankfully, neither player was hurt, but this is the very thing the no-collison rule was created to prevent. So argued Manaka, anyway, and the umpires went for a replay, but ultimately reaffirmed the called out.

Bogus, I say. Bogus!

Ishikawa started the bottom of the sixth, but after giving up a couple quick hits, was pulled for Tetsuya Yamamoto, who promptly gave up a three-run homer to Suzuki.

Then some more stuff happened and the Carp ended up with 14 runs.

The suffering fans at Zoom Zoom and at home got to sing Tokyo Ondo once, at least, in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a Fujii double and Nishida RBI.