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.

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 […]

May 10th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

May 10th, 2016 Hiroshima Carp 6 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLWWL (Jingu Stadium) The Swallows wasted a quality start by Arakaki and an early wobble by Kris Johnson to lose yet another game to the Hiroshima Carp. The Swallows struck quickly against Kris Johnson in the first. Despite spotting him two […]

May 5th 2016, @ Yokohama

May 5th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 2 Yokohama Baystars 4 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: WWWLL (Yokohama Stadium) Masanori Ishikawa has been alternating away and home starts since the beginning of the season, along with that pattern, he’s also alternated wins and losses in his starts. Unfortunately the pattern held true and Ishikawa walked away with […]

Apr 28th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

April 28th, 2016 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WLLLW (Jingu Stadium) Arakaki made his first start of 2016 while rookie Okada came into the game looking to notch his first pro win. While Arakaki didn’t have the hottest start he was able to hang on to give the Swallows […]

Apr 24th 2016, @ Chunichi

April 24th, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 3 Chunichi Dragons 5 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Nagoya Dome) Juri Hara came into the day looking to get his first career win. He managed to pitch arguably his best game of his young pro career, but it was undone by Josh Lueke’s first wobble of the season. […]

Apr 21st 2016, @ Hanshin [Game Cancelled]

Apr 21st, 2016 Tokyo Swallows Hanshin Tigers Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW (Kurashiki Muscat Stadium)  The rubber match of the Swallows-Tigers series was called due to rain two hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team’s mini-trip into Okayama will be for naught as the game will be made up at Koshien later in […]

Apr 14th 2016, vs Yomiuri

April 14th, 2016 Yomiuri Giants 4 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium)  All’s well that ends well. Ogawa ended up having his worst start of the season but the offense and bullpen had a good night and the Swallows triumphed over the Giants in a see-saw game. Ogawa gave […]