April 1st, 2016
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.
|W: Ogawa (1-1)
L: Ohno (1-1)
|1||Yohei Oshima (CF)||1||Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)|
|2||Anderson Hernandez (2B)||2||Shingo Kawabata (3B)|
|3||Issei Endo (SS)||3||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)|
|4||Dayan Viciedo (1B)||4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)|
|5||Ryosuke Hirata (RF)||5||Yuhei (Takai) (RF)|
|6||Atsushi Fujii (LF)||6||Atsushi Ugumori (LF)|
|7||Shuhei Takahashi (3B)||7||Naomichi Nishiura (SS)|
|8||Iori Katsura (C)||8||Yuhei Nakamura (C)|
|9||Yudai Ohno (P)||9||Yasuhiro 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
- 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.