Apr 3rd 2015, @ Yokohama

April 3rd, 2015

Tokyo Swallows 8

Yokohama BayStars 0

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW

(Yokohama Stadium)

This one was over awfully quick as the Swallows managed to score four runs within 15 minutes of the first pitch. Ogawa pitched like an ace and never let the BayStars offense into the game leading to a comfortable and satisfying win for the Swallows.

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W: Ogawa (1-0)
L: Kubo (0-2)
 Swallows BayStars
1Takahiro Araki (LF)1Taiki Sekine (CF)
2Shingo Kawabata (3B)2Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Takayuki Kajitani (RF)
4Yuhei (Takai) (CF)4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)
5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)5José López (1B)
6Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)6Aarom Balderis (3B)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)
8Keiji Ohbiki (SS)8Toshiki Kurobane (C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Yasutomo Kubo (P)

The this game started and ended in the first inning. After Araki flied out to start off the game, Kawabata, Yamada, and Yuhei all singled to load the bases. Then Hatake stepped to the plate and launched a fly ball that barely stayed fair and managed to find the seats for a grand slam. 4-0 Swallows Kubo kept bleeding as he allowed a single to Hiroyasu followed by a double to Nakamura that Ohbiki managed to cash in with a sac fly. 5-0 Swallows

Uhhh... Guys... I think I just won the game.

Uhhh… Guys… I think I just won the game.

Ogawa kept his cool and didn’t let the big lead get to his head as he kept the BayStars in check. The Swallows added single runs in the third (Ohbiki double), fifth (Yuhei double), and sixth (Yuhei single). Ogawa pitched seven innings of shutout ball. Logan and Furuno followed with an inning each of shutout ball to give the Swallows the easy win. 8-0 Swallows FINAL

Game Notes

  • Before the game a retirement ceremony was held for former Swallow and BayStar Alex Ramírez. Rami-chan was given a ceremonial first at bat pitched by former teammate, and current Swallows coach, Ryuji Miyade where he managed a hit down the third base line. In his remarks he thanked the Swallows for giving him a chance to come to Japan.
  • Ogawa notched his first win of the season and has yet to give up a run in 14 innings.
  • Jose Lopez accounted for 3 of Yokohama’s 5 hits.
  • Tonight’s writeup brought to you by DeNA’s Showroom streaming service which allowed me to catch this away game. All BayStars home games are being streamed for free on the platform until May. If you want to watch a game with avatars and commentary that will actually react to chat comments, DeNA Showroom is the game watching experience for you. Once the free period is over, the service will charge 500 yen/month for BayStars games.
I will cover other streaming options in an upcoming TS Bullets column.

I will cover other NPB streaming options in an upcoming TS Bullets column.

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.

  • Ralf

    There were only about 200 Swallows supporters in attendance. Disappointing that so few fans support the team on a Friday Night when Yokohama is so close and easy to get to.

    • Evidence of the relatively high employment rate of Swallows fans. Today’s game won’t be much better though. It’s hanami season after all.

  • Well…I actually felt the same during the last Spring game a few weeks ago…I felt that Marines fans were so much in full force, especially with their cheering and overshadowed the cheering quad at Meiji Jingu stadium. But yeah…it is hanami season…

  • Watched a couple of innings using the DeNA showroom that you mentioned. It’s…different.

    • Kozo

      If you set it to full screen mode it’s a fine streaming service.

  • Kozo

    Swallows fandom is smaller, more fractured, and independent than many teams. You’re less likely to see significant numbers of local Swallows fans in any given region and less Swallows fans travel than fans of some other team’s fans. It’s the nature of being a lesser known team. I think it would be fair to say while the Swallows have many casual fans, they have few diehard fans. As someone of the latter category I’m fine with that, the Swallows are a very accessible team which I think works to the team’s advantage.

    • Ralf

      What do you mean by accessible? And what do you think about that Jingu Mae Stadium will be replaced with a new stadium?

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