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.

Jul 22nd, 2016, @ Chunichi

July 22nd, 2016 Tokyo Swallows 6 Chunichi Dragons 3 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LWLLW (Nagoya Dome) Shohei Tateyama was still looking for his first win since his 2453th comeback. The Dragons had denied Yoshinori a comeback earlier in July, but this time everything clicked and the Swallows got Tateyama the W.  After […]

Jul 18th 2016, vs. Yokohama

July 18th 2016 Yokohama BayStars 3 Tokyo Swallows 9 Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LWLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows opened their post-All Star Game schedule at Jingu Stadium. The game was dubbed “Jingu Stadium Day” to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the greatest stadium in Tokyo. Ishikawa made his first start since the beginning […]

Jul 10th 2016, vs. Chunichi

July 10th, 2016 Chunichi Dragons 3 Tokyo Swallows 8 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: LLLWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After the hype and excitement the previous night for Yoshinori’s return, the Swallows came into the evening with much more sensible expectations of beating the Dragons to get Sugiura his first 2016 win. The Swallows […]

Jul 8, 2016. vs. Chunichi

July 8th, 2016 Chunichi Dragons 3 Tokyo Swallows 6 Streak: Won 1      Last 5: WLLLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After getting swept in Yokohama, the Swallows were looking to reassert their dominance in games in which they bat in the bottom of the inning, aka home games. While it was Kyle Davies’ spot in […]

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 […]