June 24th 2016, vs. Chunichi

June 24th, 2016

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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 campaign with a win.

W: Ogawa (4-3);
L: Wakamatsu (5-6)

 Dragons Swallows
1Yohei Oshima (CF)1Keiji Obiki (SS)
2Kyohei Kamezawa (2B)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Ryosuke Hirata (RF)3Shingo Kawabata (3B)
4Dayan Viciedo (1B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Ricardo Nanita (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Anderson Hernandez (3B)6Wladimir Balentien (LF)
7Naomichi Donoue (SS)7Akihisa Nishida (1B)
8Shota Sugiyama (C)8Yuhei Nakamura (C)
9Shunta Wakamatsu (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Obiki started off the game with a double. He advanced to third on a Sakaguchi ground out. After Kawabata flied out to shallow left, Yamada took a tough low outside pitch and belted a homer to right field. 2-0 Swallows It was Yamada’s first homer the other way this season.

The Swallows got an extra run when Nishida lead off the second with a solo shot to left. 3-0 Swallows

The onslaught continued in the third as Sakaguchi walked and Kawabata doubled to put men in scoring position for Yamada. Yamada did Yamada things by smoking a 0-2 inside fastball to left for a double to score two. 5-0 Swallows

Things settled down from there but Ogawa pitched like an ace keeping the Dragons off the board. Ogawa pitched seven innings of no walk shutout ball getting 7 strikeouts while giving up 7 hits.

The Swallows handed the ball to Akiyoshi in the eighth and the Dragons got their only run an a walk-double combo. 5-1 Swallows

Ondrusek came in and got the last three outs on just five pitches to secure the win. 5-1 Swallows FINAL


  • The game started under light rain, but the weather cleared by the end of the third inning.
  • Yamada was walked and hit in his last two plate appearances, so he ended the night 2-for-2 with 4 RBIs, a HR, and a double.
  • Ogawa got his first W since April 30.
  • Imanami was reactivated after just 6 days after being removed from the active roster due to his collision with Kawabata on June 17. Imanami was removed from the active roster on a concussion watch and was allowed to return to the active roster before the usual 10 day wait period once he was cleared of any concussion symptoms. This was the first time NPB’s new concussion protocols were applied to a player.
  • The Swallows and Dragons will play tomorrow starting at 14:00. Kyle Davies will get the start for the Swallows while the Dragons will start Jordan Norberto.
  • While it may be too late now, we’d like to clearly get it on record that Tsubamegun is 100% against the Brexit movement and are saddened by the events that transpired during the day.
This man is simply unreal.

This man is simply unreal.

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.