Oct 7th 2014, vs Yokohama

October 7th, 2014

Yokohama BayStars 4

Tokyo Swallows 3

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWLWL

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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W: Kuniyoshi (2-3; 3.47 ERA)
L: Ogawa (9-6; 3.66)
S: Mikama (21S; 2.33)

The 2014 Swallows glorious second straight season of 6th place baseball came to a close in a fitting fashion at Jingu with a loss to their new DeNA overlords Yokohama. But that mattered not as the Tokyo faithful celebrated another terrible season by showering their departing manager Junji Ogawa with endless showers of love, presumably in recognition of the pennant he won with the team while I was seemingly not paying attention.

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YokohamaOrderTokyo
Sekine (CF)1Yamada (2B)
Kuwahara (LF)2Ueda (CF)
Ishikawa (2B)3Kawabata (3B)
Baldiris (1B)4Hatakeyama (1B)
Kajitani (RF)5Yuhei (RF)
Kurobane (C)6Ihara (LF)
Shirasaki (SS)7Morioka (SS)
Matsui (3B)8Nakamura (C)
Kubo (P)9Ogawa (P)

Yasuhiro Ogawa was looking to end his season on a bright note, by achieving double digit wins once more in his second year as a pro. And he really deserved to do so, as Morioka and Yuhei came throught with the RBIs in the 2nd and 6th innings to give both him and the Swallows a 3-1 lead going into the top of the 8th.

Alas, after a single, walk, and timely single narrowed the lead to 3-2 with two outs and men on first and second, Ogawa got Shirasaki to hit what should have been an inning-ending weak fly ball to shallow left. However the one man wonder of baseball that is Yasushi Ihara had other ideas, calling off the infielders as he came to make the simple catch, before dropping the ball and allowing the two runners in motion to make it home on the error, for what would be a 4-3 Yokohama Final. Thanks Yasushi!

Game Notage

  • Yamada went 1 for 3, bringing his record breaking hit total for the year to a rest at 193. Congratulations Tetsuto!
  • Junji Ogawa managed his last game, was treated like somewhat of a hero, made a speech, cried a little (possibly for effect), and left the field to rapturous applause and song from the Swallows fans in right field. For a horrifying moment I thought he was going to mount the right field fence, Furuta style, but in the end he just made do with a deep bow in front of the stands.
  • We’ll be wrapping up Junji Ogawa’s surreal final evening as Tokyo manager, his tenure as a whole, and the 2014 season in far more detail in our season review edition of the Tokyo Swallows Podcast, which you can expect in the coming week or so.
  • All that remains is, from myself, Kozo Ota, Christopher Pellegrini, and Garrett DeOrio, to thank all of our faithful readers and podcast listeners for lending us your eyes and ears again this season. Here’s to hoping that the Manaka-era will bring more joy than these last two years of Ogawa have.
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About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD’S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto