Aug 24th 2016, vs Chunichi

August 24th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 1           Last 5: LLLLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

After dropping four straight, your Birds got back to winning ways at home.

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W: Ogawa (7-5; 4.36 ERA)
L: Valdez (5-5; 3.72 ERA)

And Yamada was back in the lineup, so two pieces of good news for the price of one!

 Tokyo Chunichi
1Sakaguchi (CF)1Ohshima (CF)
2Araki (1B)2Kamezawa (2B)
3Yamada (2B)3Hirata (RF)
4Balentien (LF)4Morino (1B)
5Ugumori (RF)5Fukuda (LF)
6 Nishiura (3B)6Takahashi (3B)
7Ohbiki (SS)7Sugiyama (C )
8Nishida (C)8Donoue (SS)
9Ogawa (SP)9Valdez (SP)

This contest was basically over by the end of the first inning.

With Valdez pitching for the visitors, Sakaguchi led off with a single, and Arakai Tak-bunted him over. Yamada drew a free pass in his first at-bat back from the DL, and Balentien struck out swinging to light a second red lamp.

Ugumori then blasted his fifth home of the season to clear the bases.

One batter later, Nishiura added another run with a solo shot to left.

4-0 Tokyo

As is so often the case, however, Tokyo immediately gave a run back. Morino doubled and later scored on Takahashi’s single.

4-1 Tokyo

The good guys reasserted their four run advantage in the bottom of the fourth. Ohbiki singled for the second time tonight and later scored on Araki’s two-out single.

5-1 Tokyo

But guess what? Chunichi got one back in the top of the next inning.

Sugiyama led off with his second homer of the season. Fortunately it was a solo homer.

5-2 FINAL

Chunichi was held completely hitless after that.

Ogawa got the win after a complete game, 122 pitch effort that saw only two runs manufactured from four hits (one homer). He also struck out five and walked two.

Tateyama will take the mound for Tokyo tomorrow against Chunichi’s Jordan.

**Game Notes:

  • Sakaguchi and Ohbiki both had multi-hit games.
  • Yamada was 0-3 at the plate with a walk and two strikeouts.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini