April 17th 2015, vs Yokohama

April 17th, 2015

Yokohama BayStars 1

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows took the field wearing the 2015 fan club uniforms and found themselves at the top of the CL table thanks to a strong start by Ogawa and a timely hitting explosion by the Swallows offense.

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W: Ogawa (2-0)
L: Ino (1-1)
S: Barnette (6)

 BayStars Swallows
1Takahiro Ishikawa (2B)1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
2Hiroyuki Shirasaki (SS)2Hiroyasu Tanaka (RF)
3Takayuki Kajitani (RF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)4Yuhei (Takai) (CF)
5José López (1B)5Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
6Aarom Balderis (3B)6Shinichi Takeuchi (LF)
7Sho Aranami (CF)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Toshiki Kurobane (C)8Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
9Shoichi Ino (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Ogawa pitched six perfect innings and despite the Swallows offense getting men on base against Yokohama’s Ino, the score was tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Swallows offense finally got to Ino in the sixth. Yuhei lead off the inning and battled Ino for seven pitches and managed to come away with an opposite field homer that was not hit perfectly. 1-0 Swallows Ino proceeded to walk Hatake who advanced to second on a wild pitch after a Takeuchi ground out. Nakamura also earned a walk and set the table for Ohbiki to play hero. Ohbiki wasn’t able to deliver but advanced the runner to third on a fielder’s choice that put men on the corners for Ogawa with two out. Just as the faithful were resigned to protect Yuhei’s single run, Ogawa sent a single back up the middle for an insurance run. 2-0 Swallows Yamada followed with a single of his own that stretched the lead to three. 3-0 Swallows

Ogawa’s perfect game bid ended with a one out to Shirasaki in the seventh. But the BayStars weren’t able to capitalize and ended the inning with a big fat zero. Ogawa pitched a perfect eighth and went into the ninth with a bid for the first complete game shutout for a Swallows starter in 2015. Unfortuantely Ogawa wasn’t able to finish as he gave up a single to lead off the ninth, and another single after getting an out to put men on first and second with one out. It appeared Ogawa would get out of the pinch as he induced a potential double play grounder to Ohbiki, but Ohbiki’s toss to second missed by a mile allowing an unearned run to score. 3-1 Swallows After the shutout bid was quashed the Swallows sent in Barnette to finish the game. Tony threw one pitch to Kajitani that sent a liner back to the pitcher that ended up being a double play as Tony was able to double up the runner at second. 3-1 Swallows FINAL

Tony gets the easiest save of his career.

Tony gets the easiest save of his career.

Game Notes

  • Ogawa’s final line was 8.1 IP / 3 H / 0 BB / 7 K / 0 ER / 1 R. He also got a hit that raised his batting average to .200.
  • Ohbiki’s batting average stands at .083 for the season.
  • Every Swallows starter, including Ogawa, managed to get on base.
  • Chunichi’s loss tonight put their record to 11-8, which according to the CL tie-breaking rules puts them behind the Swallows 10-7 record. The Swallows find themselves at the top of the table for the first time since May 7, 2012.
  • Tomorrow game will pit Yamaguchi against Ishikawa.
Yuhei got the key hit in the game.

Yuhei got the key hit in the game.

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.

  • Blaine Campbell

    First place, top of the heap, A Number 1, leader of the pack, Go Go Swallows!!