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.

Jun 30th 2016, @ Hiroshima

June 30th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 4 Hiroshima Carp 2 Streak: Won 1  Last 5: WWLLW (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooooooom Stadium) The Swallows managed to put a stop to the Carp’s massive winning streak thanks to some strong pitching (?!) and some timely hitting. The most interesting thing about tonight’s pitching matchup going into the game was […]

June 24th 2016, vs. Chunichi

June 24th, 2016 Chunichi Dragons 1 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LWWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) As news of a Brexit win reverberated throughout the day in Japan, the Swallows managed to be a slight ray of light in a dark day as they opened up the second half of their 2016 […]

Jun 16th 2016, vs. Fukuoka

June 16th, 2016 Fukuoka Hawks 12 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) If you were wondering how the Swallows could get any worse, the answer seems to be, just add water! As the Swallows followed up with a lethargic start with an even uglier sequence of baseball after extended […]

Jun 11th 2016, @ Chiba

June 11th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 2 Chiba Lotte Marines 4 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL (QVC Marine Stadium) The Swallows were attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time in this interleague period. For the first time in at least three seasons Tsubamegun had representatives, in the form of Dan and myself, in […]

Jun 9th 2016, @ Tohoku

June 9th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 2 Tohoku Rakuten Eagles 3 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LLLWL (Kobo Stadium Miyagi) The battle of the NPB cellar dwellers ended with a W for the PL team despite the Swallows managing to hold their opposition to 3 runs for a second consecutive night. Masato Furuno got the start […]

Jun 2nd 2016, @ Hokkaido

June 2nd, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 6 Hokkaido Fighters 8 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WLWLL (Sapporo Dome) The pain is real. Sixth place baseball played out in its most painful form tonight as the Swallows lost a hard fought lead on one swing and dropped their second game in a row to the Fighters. The […]

Swallows sign OF Jae-Hoon Ha

The Swallows held a press conference today to formally announce the signing of 25 year-old Korean outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha. The team assigned Ha number 00, last worn by Keizo Kawashima, and it appears the team will refer to him by his given name Jae-Hoon. Ha was signed from the independent Shikoku Island League plus’ Tokushima […]

May 26th 2016, vs. Hanshin

May 26th, 2016 Hanshin Tigers 5 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tonight’s game was like a Hollywood blockbuster adaptation of a comic book. There was pre-game hype (ace vs. ace, series decider), the game featured lots of action, and there was a dramatic ending that was satisfying for […]

May 21st 2016, vs. Yokohama

May 21st, 2016 Yokohama BayStars 4 Tokyo Swallows 1 Last 5: LWLWL  Streak: Lost 1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yamanaka ended up the loser in a pitching duel against BayStars rookie Imanaga as the Swallows bullpen faltered. Both pitchers were strong through the first three innings. With a Yamada double being the only baserunner conceded the […]

May 19th 2016, @ Hiroshima

May 19th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 6 Hiroshima Carp 7 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL (Mazda Zoooooom Zooooooom Stadium) The Swallows lost a very winnable game despite some mistakes. Ultimately the Birds were let down by inconsistent pitching and hitting that cooled down as the game progressed. Kawabata was out of the lineup and the […]