May 5th 2016, @ Yokohama

May 5th, 2016

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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 a road loss after a strong home win the previous week.

W: Sunada (1-1)
L: Ishikawa (3-4)
S: Yamasaki (6)

 Swallows BayStars
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Taiki Sekine (RF)
2Shingo Kawabata (3B)2Masayuki Kuwahara (LF)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Takayuki Kajitani (CF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4José Lopez (3B)
5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)5Toshiro Miyazaki (1B)
6Hiroyasu Tanaka (1B)6Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)
7Keiji Ohbiki (SS)7Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Yasutaka Tobashira (C)
9Masanori Ishikawa (P)9Yoshiki Sunada (P)

The BayStars struck in the first inning in a series of bizarre plays that illustrated the changes in the obstruction rule enforcement at the plate. Sekine lead off the game with a single, and he advanced to third on a ground out and an Ishikawa balk. With the infield playing in, Kajitani grounded to second and Yamada threw the ball to Nakamura covering the plate. While the ball got to Nakamura quickly, Sekine was able to get in before Nakamura was able to apply the tag. The call withstood a video review, and the BayStars were on the board. 1-0 BayStars Lopez followed with a single to put men on first and second. Kajitani managed to steal third during Miyazaki’s at bat, and he went on to steal home when Ishikawa attempted a pick off throw to first. Like the previous play, the ball got to Nakamura fairly quickly but Kajitani was able to barely beat the tag to the open plate. The initial call was out, but the this call was overturned upon video review. 2-0 BayStars

Kajitani recorded two steals in the first.

Kajitani recorded two steals in the first.

The Swallows kept getting runners on against Sunada, but they weren’t able to capitalize as Sunada was able to erase his mistakes by getting strikeouts from the Swallows offense. Meanwhile, Ishikawa also kept letting runners on and he wasn’t quite as controlled as Sunada. Ishikawa gave up a solo shot to José Lopez (4 out his 5 HRs have come against the Swallows in Yokohama) in the third. 3-0 BayStars The BayStars also made Ishikawa pay for a walk by getting back-to-back singles in the fourth for an extra run. 4-0 BayStars

Ishikawa left after the fourth and the Swallows relay of Matsuoka, Nakazawa, Akiyoshi, and Muranaka managed to p[itch an inning each to keep the BayStars from scoring any further.

The offense finally got to Sunada in the sixth. Ohbiki got a two-out single and Nakamura battled for a eighth pitch walk. The runners advanced on a passed ball by Togashira, and Iihara continued his timely pinch hitting with an infield single to third to score one run. 4-1 BayStars The Swallows also turned a lead off double by Kawabata against Suda in the seventh into a run but nothing more. 4-2 BayStars FINAL


  • The Swallows move on to Koshien for a three game set against the Tigers. Ogawa is scheduled to start against Iwasada tomorrow.
  • The BayStars have managed to get their starter to go at least 5 innings in all 33 games so far this season. Including today’s game, the Swallows have already had 7 games this season in which their starter has failed to complete 5 innings. All 4 of Ishikawa’s losses this season have lasted less than 5 innings.
  • Iihara has gone 3-for-4 in his pinch hit appearances with 3 RBIs this season.
  • The Swallows left 12 runners on base through their nine innings. They only went down 1-2-3 once, in the eighth inning.
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.