Oct 1st 2016, @ Hiroshima

October 1st, 2016

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Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LLWWL

(Mazda Stadium)

Your Birds closed out the 2016 season with a make-up game in Hiroshima that left them solidly in fifth place.

W: Kuroda (10-8; 3.09 ERA)
L: Ogawa (8-9; 4.50 ERA)
S: Imamura (3-4 2S; 2.44 ERA)

Ogawa took the mound for the Swallows, and Hiroshima countered with MLB-veteran, Kuroda.

 Tokyo Hiroshim
1Sakaguchi (LF)1Suzuki (RF)
2Ueda (CF)2Tanaka (SS)
3Yamada (2B)3Maru (CF)
4Yuhei (RF)4Eldred (1B)
5Ugumori (1B)5Matsuyama (LF)
6Nishiura (3B)6Luna (3B)
7Hirooka (SS)7Kikuchi (2B)
8Nakamura (C)8Ishihara (C)
9Ogawa (RHP)9Kuroda (RHP)

The Swallows scored in the top of the first. Ueda got plunked and later scored on Yuhei’s single with two outs.

1-0 Tokyo

Unfortunately, that was the last time that Tokyo scored.

Hiroshima won the game in the bottom of the 6th. Kuroda helped his own cause with a leadoff single, and one out later Tanaka drew a walk. An Eldred single with one out brought Kuroda home and tied the score. Matsuyama followed with a double which pushed in tow more.


For the fourth time in the game, Tokyo got two runners on in the top of the eighth. But both runners were stranded as Yamada and Yuhei recorded consecutive outs to flush the momentum.

The Tokyo Swallows finished the 2016 season 64-78-1, bad enough for fifth place (one game behind Hanshin in fourth). Tokyo finished with a 4.73 ERA, the worst in all of Japan by some margin.

However, the team scored the second most runs in the Central League which partially helped offset the dismal starting pitching.

Despite the lousy results, there is still much to be optimistic about. Tune in for the next Tokyo Swallows Podcast which should hit the airways within the next two weeks as we’ll review some of what may be to come.


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