Aug 26th 2016, @ Hanshin

Aug 26th 2016

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Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW

(Koshien Stadium)

The Swallows found themselves in Koshien trying to find success on the road. Atsushi Ugumori delivered in a big way as the Swallows held on to beat the Tigers.

W: Davies (3-3)
L: Iwazaki (3-5)
S: Akiyoshi (13)

 Swallows Tigers
1Wataru Hiyane (CF)1Hiroki Uemoto (2B)
2Takahiro Araki (1B)2Fumiya Hojo (SS)
3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Shun Takayama (LF)
4Wladimir Balentien (LF)4Kosuke Fukudome (RF)
5Atsushi Ugumori (RF)5Mauro Gomez (1B)
6Keiji Obiki (SS)6Masahiro Nakatani (CF)
7Naomichi Nishiura (3B)7Ryota Imanari (3B)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Seishiro Sakamoto (C)
9Kyle Davies (P)9Suguru Iwazaki (P)

The Swallows struck first in a big way in the third inning against the Tigers’ Iwazaki. Hiyane and Araki started the inning off with back-to-back singles to open the inning. Yamada struck out but Araki managed to steal second while Coco drew a walk to load the bases. Ugumori launched the first pitch he saw high toward left and with a little help from the wind he got his first career grandslam in his 12 year career. 4-0 Swallows

Iwazaki was replaced by Akiyama in the fourth. Hiyane and Araki lead off with two quick outs. Yamada singled and stole second while Coco drew yet another walk. Ugumori had yet another chance and he delivered a single up the middle to score Yamada to extend the lead. 5-0 Swallows

Meanwhile, Kyle Davies was looking to build on a strong start against Hiroshima and get his first win since June 25. He looked strong through four innings, cleaning up runners with strikeouts and limiting hard contact. Unfortunately the good times  didn’t go on in the fifth inning.

Sakamoto lead off the inning with a double that split the gap in right center. Sakamoto advanced to third on a Egoshi ground out to first. Davies gave up a full count walk to Uemoto. Hojo hit the first pitch he saw to left field but Sakamoto did not elect to challenge Coco’s arm. Davies had two outs and had a chance to escape the inning unharmed but Takayama ruined that possibility by lacing a hit to right that was good for three bases. 5-2 Swallows Fukudome hit a weak grounder to third that was slow enough to be a infield single for yet another run. 5-3 Swallows

Davies got out of the inning but with his pitch count at 100 the Swallows elected to hand over the ball to the bullpen for four innings. Hirai, Matsuoka, Lueke, and Akiyoshi each pitched a non-perfect but scoreless inning to preserve the lead and the win. 5-3 Swallows FINAL


  • All five runs came off of Ugumori’s bat as he finished the night 2-for-4 with 1 run and 5 RBIs.
  • Yamada went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run. He also stole 2 bases putting his season total at 29.
  • The Swallows went a little steal happy on the basepaths electing to challenge Sakmoto’s arm. The Swallows stole four bases in total on the night (Yamada 2, Nishiura 1, Araki 1).
  • Ishikawa will take the mound against Aoyagi tomorrow. Ishikawa is still looking for his first road win of the season.
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.