Sept 2nd, 2017 vs. Hiroshima

September 2nd, 2017

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Streak: Lost 6 Last 6: LLLLLL

(Meiji Jingu Mazda (!?) Stadium)

The Swallows played host to a sold out crowd of mostly Carp fans at Jingu tonight as they dropped their sixth straight game.

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W: Yabuta (13-3); L: Ogawa (7-7); S: Nakazaki (4)
 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Ryota Fujii (3B)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Wladimir Balentien (LF)
4Ryuhei Matsuyama (RF)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Tomohiro Abe (3B)5Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)
6Takahiro Arai (1B)6Carlos Rivero (1B)
7Takahiro Iwamoto (LF)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Tsubasa Aizawa (C)8Nobuyuki Okumura (SS)
9Kazauki Yabuta (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Swallows fans were hoping Ogawa would step up as the team’s ace and help the team stop their losing streak. Unfortunately, Ogawa had a bad first inning and conceded the lead before the Swallows had an at bat. Ogawa gave up a one out single to Kikuchi and walked Maru for Matsuyama. Like last night, Matsuyama delivered and hit a double to score both runners. 2-0 Carp

The Carp’s Yabuta was less effective than Kris Johnson last night but the Swallows bats couldn’t capitalize on the chances they were given. Meanwhile Ogawa buckled down and held the Carp off the scoreboard, with a little defensive help from plays like this…

Coco shuts down a threat in the fourth inning.

The lack of scoring and the accumulating frustration was further exasperated by an almost completely red infield crowd that turned Jingu into Mazda Stadium in Tokyo. Japanese Swallows Twitter was filled with frustrated stories of Swallows fans in the infield being surrounded by rude and entitled Carp fans. (This is why we choose to sit in the outfield where we’re largely insulated from opposing knuckleheads.)

The Swallows missed out on a run in sixth. Yabuta opened the inning with back-to-back walks to Yamada and Sakaguchi. Rivero and Nakamura both struck out looking but the runners got to advance on a wild pitch. Okumura grounded a chopper to short that was deep enough to be an infield single had Okumura ran through the bag at first but his decision to slide in head first into the bag slowed him down enough to let the throw make it in time for the force.So instead of cutting the lead in half and perhaps turning the momentum the Swallows were still stuck at 2-0.

Akiyoshi made his Jingu return in the eighth inning and threw a shutout inning. In the bottom of the inning, Yamada lead off the inning with a single. One out later Rivero skied a long fly ball to left that came within a foot of leaving the park, but instead became a double off the wall that scored Yamada. 2-1 Carp Unfortunately neither Nakamura nor Okumura could follow with hits and the Swallows went into the ninth behind the Carp.

Matsuoka came into pitch the ninth and the Carp lead off the inning with Nishikawa as a pinch hitter. Nishikawa took the second pitch he saw and hit a liner to left that just barely cleared the fence to restore the Carp’s two run lead. 3-1 Carp

The trio of Takeuchi, Yamasaki, and Omatsu went down in order against Nakazaki to end the game. 3-1 Carp FINAL

Notes

  • Ogawa’s final line was 7.0 IP / 117 P / 6 H / 4 BB / 6 K / 2 R / 2 ER.
  • The announced crowd for the game was 30,686 of which at least 20,000 people were probably vocal Carp fans.
  • The Swallows’ record fell to 40-80-2. With 21 games remaining the team seems to have a shot at setting the club record for most losses in a season. The record of 94 losses was set in the team’s inaugural season as the Kokutetsu Swallows in 1950.
  • The Swallows will play the Carp at Jingu for the final time this season tomorrow evening. Yamanaka will face off against Okada.
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.