Carp Series in Tottori 22/6 – 23/6
13-7 ・ 9-4
Preview: Hanshin resume the Central league regular games from now until the autumn, chasing a 3.5 game gap between themselves and the Yomiuri Giants in 1st place. In fact we played two games against the Baystars over the weekend- one was a comfortable win, the other exposed the continued depth of our pitcher problems, with Fossum pitching like an amateur and given away run after run. This 2 game mini-series comes from Yonago City in Tottori-ken, where there should be a good mix of Hiroshima and Hanshin (and of course Kyojin) fans.
Line-up Game One: Toritani (SS), Hirano (2), Murton (C), Arai (3), Brazell (1), Johjima (Ca), Lin (L), Sakurai (R), Shimoyanagi (P)
Line-up Game Two: Toritani (SS), Hirano (2), Murton (L), Arai (3), Brazell (1), Johjima (Ca), Asai (C), Sakurai (R), Standridge (P)
For two days, Hanshin brought runs and great entertainment to the people of Yonago. I’ve been to Tottori ken only once- to the main city there, the aptly named Tottori City. I remember it having very nice fish. If I was still in Japan I’d have most likely journeyed up for these games from my old home in Okayama. Anyway, onto the games. Game one was won 13-7. The score befitted the game- runs abound, but also runs given away by Shimoyanagi who, lets face it, isn’t our strongest pitcher. The game actually went into the enchou-sen, following the Carp hitting 3 runs in the seventh. It was settled in the eleventh- a pitch hit from Hiyama, followed by a manrui home run from Murton, his second of the season, to give what looks from the score like a comfortable victory. Stars of the game came from our offence- Toritani got 3 hits, as did Brazell, one of which was a home run. Johjima was the third player to get a home run. Game two was won 9-4. Again it was an impressive offensive performance, but coupled with impressive pitching from Standridge, who got 6 strike outs and gave away 4 hits from 6 innings of play. Returning to our offence though, we really are on fire at the moment. Toritani and Murton both got 4 hits from 5 plate appearances, and are definitely the heroes of the mini-series.
While Kyojin won their first game, they lost today, so the gap is now 2.5 games. Next up, a three game series away to the Swallows over the weekend. I’ll be back blogging for our home series against Chunichi from Tuesday, and then the big one- Yomiuri in Tokyo from Friday!