April 1st 2016, vs. Chunichi

April 1st, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 4

Streak: Won 1     Last 5: LLWDW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Yasuhiro Ogawa gave the bullpen the night off after last night’s five hour marathon. Ogawa pitched the Swallows first complete game of the season and the offense got enough timely hits against Ohno to get the W.

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W: Ogawa (1-1)
L: Ohno (1-1)

 Dragons Swallows
1Yohei Oshima (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Anderson Hernandez (2B)2Shingo Kawabata (3B)
3Issei Endo (SS)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Dayan Viciedo (1B)4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)
5Ryosuke Hirata (RF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Atsushi Fujii (LF)6Atsushi Ugumori (LF)
7Shuhei Takahashi (3B)7Naomichi Nishiura (SS)
8Iori Katsura (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Yudai Ohno (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Jingu was both windy and chilly tonight. Both pitchers did well to stay loose in between innings and kept both offenses largely in check. Yamada cracked Ohno first in the fourth inning when we cracked a 1-1 pitch into the left field stands. 1-0 Swallows

Hirata managed to get the run back for the Dragons in the next half inning when we lined a high breaking ball into the same spot Yamada got his homer. 1-1 All

The Swallows took the lead in the bottom of the inning after Ohno allowed two runners via back-to-back walks. Ogawa’s attempt to bunt the runners over failed, but Sakaguchi singled back up the middle to score the go-ahead run. 2-1 Swallows Kawabata followed with an infield single to the second baseman. Kawabata’s running managed to induce a bad throw to first which allowed another runner to score. 3-1 Swallows

The Swallows scored one more run on Ohno in the seventh. Nakamura got on base with a one out single and an error on Ogawa’s bunt attempt put men on the corners for Sakaguchi. The newcomer made the most of his chance by hitting a single to center to score Nakamura. 4-1 Swallows

On the other side Ogawa was perfect after the Hirata homerun and retired the last 15 batters he faced and got the win. 4-1 Swallows FINAL

Game Notes

  • Ogawa threw 117 pitches for his complete game. He allowed only three hits (including a HR), gave up no walks, and got 6 strikeouts.
  • Yamada stole his first base of the 2016 season in the first inning.
  • The game lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes, roughly half the time of the previous night’s game.
  • 16,261 people braved the cold and late rain to witness the Swallows’ win.
Ogawa dominated the Dragons

Ogawa dominated the Dragons

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.