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.

August 4th 2017, @ Hanshin

August 4th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 0 Hanshin Tigers 3 Streak: Lost 1     Last 5: LLLWL (Kyocera Dome) The Swallows hoped to take the momentum from last night’s win and keep it going in Osaka. Unfortunately, Randy Messenger pitched a solid game and the Swallows bats couldn’t bring their Jingu magic to Kyocera Dome. David […]

July 28th, 2017 @ Hiroshima

July 28th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 1 Hiroshima Carp 7 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWWWL (Mazda Zooooom Zooooooom Stadium) After sweeping the Dragons at home, the Swallows looked to reverse their road luck in Hiroshima. Unfortunately, the Biards weren’t able to take down the CL leaders in their home. The Swallows came into the night […]

July 21st, 2017 vs. Hanshin

July 21st, 2017 Hanshin Tigers 11 Tokyo Swallows 1 Streak: Lost 7      Last 15: LLLLLLLDLLLLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The boxscore says it all really. The Tigers hit four homers (two by newcomer Jason Rogers) and David Buchanan got shelled for seven runs in six innings. The Swallows did get their first non-home run […]

July 17th, 2017 @ Yokohama

July 17th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 1 Yokohama BayStars 2 Streak: Lost 4 Last 12: LLLLLLLTLLLL The Swallows came out of the All Star break looking to get their first July win. The pitching matchup for tonight was Juri Hara vs. Kenta Imanaga. These two pitched against each other at the end of their amateur career […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 40 (July, 2017)

David, Chris, and Kozo get together for the third time this year to discuss the downward slope this season has taken. This episode was recorded on the afternoon of July 9, just two days removed from the CARPocalypse. Topics this month include: The history of #40. The Swallows record. Reliving the CARPocalypse. Ogawa as a […]

July 7th, 2017 vs. Hiroshima

July 7th, 2017 Hiroshima Carp 9 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Lost 6 Last 6: LLLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) For eight innings and almost three hours, Swallows fans were treated to a very enjoyable game. Then the bottom fell out abruptly in the ninth. The Swallows bats did plenty of work in tonight’s game. Through the […]

June 30th, 2017 @ Hanshin

June 30th, 2017 Tokyo Swallows 4 Hanshin Tigers 3 Streak: Won 2   Last 5: LLLWW (Koshien Stadium) The Swallows prevailed in an ugly game. But at what cost? David Buchanon had a shaky command of the strike zone to start the game. He walked two in the first inning and opened the second with back-to-back […]

June 23rd, 2017, vs. Yokohama

June 23rd, 2017 Yokohama BayStars 7 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) While David Buchanon didn’t have a pretty night, the Swallows offense prevailed in a wild seesaw game. The Swallows struck first in the third inning. Ino lead off the inning with a single, Buchanan bunted him over […]

June 16th 2017, vs. Hokkaido

June 16th, 2017 Hokkaido Fighters 5 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW (Sapporo Dome) It is with great pleasure that I present you a complete first team Swallows writeup, as the Swallows overcame the Fighters at Jingu. The Fighters got on the board first with a Sho Nakata solo shot in the […]

June 9th 2017, @ Chiba

June 9th, 2017 There is no god, the Swallows lost to the PL cellar dwellers, and the Giants’ losing streak came to an end officially making the Swallows the only winless team in Interleague. Twitter is now awash with jokes about how the Swallows should just start the farm team, a process is slowly coming […]