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.

July 30th, 2015 vs Hiroshima

July 30th, 2015 Hiroshima Carp  5  Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Tonight’s game was a reminder that the Swallows can’t take their position and past accomplishments for granted. All of the Swallows’ strengths were on display until the failure of a major strength lead to the loss. The […]

Jul 24th 2015, vs. Chunichi

July 24th, 2015 Chunichi Dragons 5 Tokyo Swallows 7 Streak: Won 5 Last 5: WWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows were looking to get above .500 yet again this season against Yudai Ohno who had owned the Swallows earlier in the season but had dropped the last two games against the Birds. Tateyama started for […]

July 10th 2015, vs. Yokohama

July 10th, 2015 Yokohama BayStars 2 Tokyo Swallows 4 Last 5: LLLLW Streak: Won 1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows got to end their losing streak by playing their favorite home opponents, the BayStars. The Stars were 1-5 at Jingu coming into the night. A rash of minor injuries forced Manaka to shuffle the line […]

Jul 2nd 2015, vs Hanshin

Yamanaka held the Tigers to a single run.

July 2nd, 2015 Hanshin Tigers 1 Tokyo Swallows 10 Streak: Won 4 Last 5: LWWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yamanaka and the Swallows’ offense managed to pull off total victory to get the team to .500, and to the top of the table (WTF?). Nomi was the pitcher standing in the way of the Swallows and […]

Jun 25th 2015, @ Chunichi

Furuno got to 4-0 on five innings of work.

June 25th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 7 Chunichi Dragons 3 Streak: Won 3   Last 5: LLWWW (Nagoya Dome) I’m not one to make bold predictions but prior to this season I publicly proclaimed that the Swallows would finish ahead of the Dragons this year. But after the Swallows’ fall from the top of the CL […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 27 (June, 2015)


Dave and Kozo powered through a podcast in central Tokyo as Chris did some humanitarian work in Tohoku. Content Overview Swallows recap since the last podcast. Historical Swallows losing streaks. The Mitch Dening signing. Positive streaks. Interleague. Post-Interleague CL team-by-team analysis. Notable Swallows players. Swallows that need to pick it up. All-Star voting. Tsubakuro. Upcoming […]

Jun 12th 2015, @ Saitama

Seibu Lions Logo

June 12th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 9 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: WWWLW (Seibu Prince Dome) Hirofumi Yamanaka made his first start for the Swallows since being acquired in a trade last season. Yamanaka was facing fellow submariner Makita in a matchup that commentators were calling the battle of the submariners. […]

Jun 11th 2015, @ Orix

Orix Bs

June 11th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 1 Orix Buffaloes 3 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WWWWL (Kyocera Dome) The Swallows were one win away from getting back to .500, getting a 5 game winning streak, and sweeping the Buffaloes as an away team. The last boss was Brandon Dickson, arguably the best pitcher the PL […]

Jun 6th 2015, vs Chiba

The Hatake-Dening-Imanami trio kept delivering.

June 6th, 2015 Chiba Lotte Marines 4 Tokyo Swallows 9 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After getting game 1 rained out the Swallows prevailed in a seesaw game thanks to the trio of Hatake, Dening, and Imanami. The Hatake-Dening-Imanami trio kept delivering. After the Marines took the lead in the second […]

Jun 5th 2015, vs Chiba

June 5th, 2015 Chiba Lotte Marines Tokyo Swallows Streak: Lost 2  Last 5: WLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows-Marines game got rained out. Miwa slid the bases as he does. The teams will attempt to open the series tomorrow. (Masanori) Ishikawa is slated to start against (Ayumu) Ishikawa. Tonight’s scheduled starter, Ogawa is likely to […]