Aug 4th 2016, vs. Hiroshima

August 4th, 2016

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Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 2    Last 5: LLLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Yoshinori came into the night looking for his first home win since September 2011. The result was a bit of a Rorschach test on your feelings on Yoshinori and his chances at future success.

W: Yoshinori (2-1)
L: Fukui (2-3)

 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Takahiro Imanami (1B)
4Hector Luna (3B)4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
5Takahiro Arai (1B)5Wladimir Balentien (LF)
6Seiya Suzuki (RF)6Akihisa Nishida (C)
7Ryuhei Matsuyama (LF)7Naomichi Nishiura (3B)
8Tsubasa Aizawa (C)8Kotaro Yamasaki (RF)
9Yuya Fukui (P)9Yoshinori (Sato) (P)

The good parts of Yoshinori’s line read 6.0 IP, 0, R, 0 ER, 3 H, and 7 K with the win. The worrying part of the performance was the 7 walks that lead to the 26 year old to throw 120 pitches.

Yoshinori’s Carp counterpart, Yuya Fukui, had a similarly effective night in preventing hits, giving up just 4 in his 5 innings, but he also gave up 7 walks.

The Swallows made their hits count. Nishida lead off the second with a triple off the centerfield wall. Nishiura followed with fly to right that was deep enough for a sac fly. 1-0 Swallows

Yoshinori protected that single run lead despite giving up a double to Luna and back-to-back walks to Suzuki and Matsuyama in the fourth.

Fukui held the Swallows in the bottom of the inning despite giving up back-to-back two out walks and a single to Yoshinori to load the bases.

Yoshinori allowed multiple runners again in the fifth but held the Carp off the scoreboard. Fukui would not be as lucky/good. Imanami got a one out double. Yamada and Nishida walked to bring Nishiura up with two outs and the bases loaded. Nishiura singled to right to score one. 2-0 Swallows Yamasaki was robbed of his first career hit by the always slick Kikuchi and the Swallows lead still felt precarious heading into the sixth.

Once again, Yoshinori allowed multiple runners on a hit and walk. A wild pitch put men on the corners but Yoshinori got out of the inning without damage.

The Carp gave the ball to Yabuta and he continued the walkfest. After allowing a lead off walk to Ueda, the Swallows concede an out on a sac bunt. Sakaguchi popped out before Imanami walked to bring up Yamada to the plate. For the second night in a row Yamada broke the game open with a homer, an opposite field shot that barely cleared the right field fence. 5-0 Swallows

The extra three runs relieved much of the pressure on the Swallows bullpen who were tasked with protecting a five run lead over three innings instead of a two run lead over three innings.

Naruse was the first one up for the task. Naruse got two outs but he also gave up two singles that were good enough to score a run. 5-1 Swallows Matsuoka was brought up to get the last out in the seventh and the veteran got Arai to strikeout to end the threat.

Lueke was entrusted with the eighth. Despite getting two quick outs, he also allowed back-to-back singles to give the Carp some hope. Lueke shut the door by getting Tanaka to strike out swinging.

Akiyoshi was sent out to pitch the ninth in a non-save situation. Kikuchi managed to lead off the inning with a solo shot but Akiyoshi got the next three batters out including back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end the game. 5-2 Swallows FINAL


  • Both teams combined for 17 walks.
  • Yoshinori’s no run performance dipped his ERA to 3.86. He joins Yamanaka (3.95) as the only starters with sub-four ERAs.
  • A sold out crowd of 30,733 were on hand to witness the Swallows win.
  • The win got the Swallows out of the cellar and they now sit in fifth, 0.5 games above the Dragons.
  • The Swallows will now face the now hot Tigers (8-2 in their last 10) in a three game series at Jingu over the weekend. Kyle Davies will get the start against Shintaro Fujinami.


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.