April 3rd, 2015
Yokohama BayStars 0
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW
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.
|W: Ogawa (1-0)
L: Kubo (0-2)
|1||Takahiro Araki (LF)||1||Taiki Sekine (CF)|
|2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||2||Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)|
|3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||3||Takayuki Kajitani (RF)|
|4||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)||4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)|
|5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||5||José López (1B)|
|6||Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)||6||Aarom Balderis (3B)|
|7||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||7||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)|
|8||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)||8||Toshiki Kurobane (C)|
|9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)||9||Yasutomo 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
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
- 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.
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