Aug 12th 2015, @ Hiroshima

August 12th, 2015

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Hiroshima Carp 0

Streak: Won 3    Last 5: LLWWW

(Mazda Zooooooom Zooooooom Stadium Hiroshima)

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W: Ogawa; L: Kuri

After rain delayed the first pitch by 45 minutes, Swallows starting pitcher Ogawa decided to give the bullpen a second straight night off and threw his first complete game shutout in two years.

 Tokyo Hiroshima
1Hiyane (CF)1Kikuchi (2B)
2Kawabata (3B)2Maru (CF)
3Yamada (2B)3Tanaka (SS)
4Hatakeyama (1B)4Guzman (1B)
5Yuhei (RF)5Schierholtz (RF)
6Ohbiki (SS)6Soyogi (3B)
7Dening (LF)7Noma (RF)
8Nakamura (C)8Aizawl (C)
9Ryan Ogawa (P)9Kuri (P)

The starting pitchers in this game were Swallows ace Ogawa and youngster Kuri for Hiroshima.

Ogawa was provided a little breathing room in the first inning by Yamada on a solo home run, his 26th of the season. 1-0 Swallows

The Swallows flexed their power again in the fifth inning against Carp starter Kuri. After league leading hitter Kawabata singled and stole second, Yuhei reached base on an infield single before Ohbiki stepped up to hit a three run home run. 4-0 Swallows

In the seventh inning, Ohbiki walked with two outs and pinch hitter Tanaka reached on Carp third baseman Soyogi field error. Meanwhile Ohbiki came all around to score. 5-0 Swallows

On the mound, Ogawa was mowing down Carp hitters throughout the game as his final pitching line read 9 innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 walks (both in the first inning and nothing after), 9 strikeouts on a reasonable 131 pitches.

Game Notes

  • The Swallows record now stands at 53-50, three games over .500, 1.5 games behind Hanshin.
  • This was Ogawa’s first shutout since September 15, 2013 (which was incidentally the game Coco Balentien broke the NPB HR record) against Hanshin.
  • His record at Mazda Zoooooooooooooooooooooooom Zoom Stadium is 5-1, 1.78 ERA. Yakult should look into renting out their stadium once a week whenever he starts.
  • The last time the Swallows had two straight complete game shutouts was August 25 and 26, 2012 at Nagoya Dome against Chunichi by Tateyama and Muranaka.