From Wednesday's game against the Yakult Swallows:
...The Carp lost to the Swallows, 7-1.
...The Carp offense couldn't get much going against Shohei Tateyama. A double steal in the 2nd, that was only half-successful, ruined a first and second, 1 out scoring opportunity that ended with Jun Hirose flying out to center with a runner at third. In the 4th, Hirose had a chance to redeem himself with runners on first and third and two out, but this time he struck out swinging.
The Carp finally plated a run in the 6th, but not without the help of the Swallows: Eishin Soyogi and Soichiro Amaya reached on consecutive singles and a passed ball allowed both runners to move up a base. A wild pitch by Tateyama allowed Hiroshima's first run to score. Three batters ended up striking out after the first two players reached (Kenta Kurihara, Masafumi Suenaga, and Justin Huber).
Hiroshima threatened again in the 8th with a runner on third and two out, but Kurihara could do no better than ground out to second to end the inning.
...Yuki Saito started the game for the Carp and gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings of work. He allowed at least one hit in every inning he pitched in, including single runs in the first and fifth. Saito had a promising start to the 6th, retiring the first two batters he faced. But Saito would never get out of the inning, loading the bases before getting the hook. And that's when Saito's night went from not so great, to awful because the next pitcher, Tomohiro Umetsu, gave up a grand slam to Jamie D'Antona that put the Carp in a 6-1 hole.