August 26th, 2015
Yomiuri Giants 0
Tokyo Swallows 4
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW
(Meiji Jingu Stadium)
|W: Ogawa; L: Sugano; S: Barnette|
A third straight quality start by Ogawa and counterpart Sugano’s inability to throw strikes resulted in a 4-0 victory for the Swallows, taking them up to second place in the Central League standings.
|1||Tateoka (2B)||1||Hiyane (CF)|
|2||Kamei (RF)||2||Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Sakamoto (SS)||3||Yamada (2B)|
|4||Abe (1B)||4||Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Chono (CF)||5||Yuhei (RF)|
|6||Anderson (LF)||6||Milledge (LF)|
|7||Ibata (3B)||7||Ohbiki (SS)
|8||Kobayashi (C)||8||Nakamura (C)|
|9||Sugano (P)||9||Ogawa (P)|
This game featured aces for both clubs, Ogawa for the Swallows, Sugano for the Gomiuri. In his last two starts, Ogawa had not given up a single earned run in seventeen innings of work. Gomiuri’s Sugano had also been in stellar form, throwing two straight complete games.
Bottom of the fourth inning: Lord Hatake and Yuhei singled to start inning before Milledge and Ohbiki both struck out. (Two of eight strikeouts Sugano had in only four innings of work.) The previous night’s hero Nakamura then walked to load the bases with perceived automatic out Ogawa at the plate. In what turned out to be an epic eleven pitch at bat, Ogawa full behind in the count 1 ball, 2 strikes before eventually drawing the walk and bringing in the first run of the game. This at bat apparently broke Sugano as he walked in another run against Hiyane before giving up an RBI single to Kawabata and conceding a fourth run on a passed ball. 4-0 Swallows
Ogawa was far from dominant in his 7 1/3 innings of work but kept the weak Gomiuri lineup from scoring a run and picked up ninth win of the year vs six defeats.
- The Swallows will start Tetsuya Terada on Thursday against Gomiuri. Making the first NPB start of his career, he originally tried out for Gomiuri in 2013 out of the independent BC league before not getting drafted that same year. Poreda starts for the Giants.