5.08.2011

Yakult Swallows-3 Hiroshima Carp-3

           The result isn't bad, nor is it good. What it means is that we leave Matsuyama tied for the CL lead. It's not the worst thing that could have happened, especially after being down early to Carp ace Kenta Maeda. The Swallows clawed back in this one after being down 3-0 early. They even had a chance to steal a win in the ninth, but pinch hitter Kawamoto didn't get a chance to come through in the clutch because Kazuki Fukuchi was PICKED OFF of second base. That's how the game's gonna end? A PICK OFF?! Come on! Fukuchi's been a great pinch runner so far this year but to end the game by being picked off (of second no less) is inexcusable for anyone, let alone a man who prides himself on baserunning. It was only the end of the ninth inning but because of the 3 and a half hour rule, the game was ruled a tie.

Masubuchi was pretty average, going 6 2/3 and giving up three runs. He had a wild spell early when he walked home a run. He had five walks overall, and that is unacceptable if he wants to be successful in this league.

The Swallows got 10 hits but only produced three runs. They'll need to string more hits together and make the runners on base have an impact on the game in order to score more. The pitchers must do better in limiting early damage so the hitters aren't forced to continuously battle back.

The Swallows get a day off before another series with the Dragons, who just shut out the Giants 6-0.

© 2011, copyright Julian Jowise

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