April 15th, 2017
Yokohama BayStars 7
Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW
Ogawa pitched eight solid innings and got his first win of the season as your Birds breezed past the BayStars on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
|W: Ogawa (1-2); L: Ishida (0-2)|
And Tokyo’s offense woke up a little bit as they rolled over Yokohama’s starter, Ishida, the same man they abused on Opening Day in Tokyo last month.
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)|
|2||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)||2||Taiki Sekine (RF)|
|3||Wladimir Balentien (LF)||3||José Lopez (1B)|
|4||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)|
|5||Atsushi Ugumori (RF)||5||Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)|
|6||Yuhei Nakamura (C)||6||Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)|
|7||Keiji Ohbiki (SS)||7||Yasutaka Tobashira (C)|
|8||Ryota Yachi (3B)||8||Tatsuhiro Shibata (2B)|
|9||Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)||9||Kenta Ishida (P)|
Yamada set the tone in his first plate appearance when he pulled a full count heater into the stands in left. It was his second home run of the season.
In the top of the second, Ugumori and Nakamura singled in quick succession which allowed Yachi to collect an RBI when he doubled a full count Ishida forkball off the wall in left. Both Nakamura and Yachi scored five pitches later on Ogawa’s single to center.
In the third, Hatakeyama singled and later scored from third on Nakamura’s second single of the afternoon.
Yokohama got its first run in the bottom of the fourth when Lopez and Tsutsugo reached on a single and walk, respectively. Kuramoto’s single with two outs allowed Lopez to score from second.
Fast forward to the top of the ninth and Tokyo is now facing Yokohama’s second reliever of the day, Tanaka. Hiyane, pinch hitting for Ogawa, reached base on a line drive to center. Yamada drew a six pitch walk, and then a throwing error on Yuhei’s grounder to short resulted in Hiyane scoring from second (Yuhei was safe at first, but Yamada was forced out at second). One out later, Hatakeyama doubled to center, scoring Yuhei from second.
Yokohama scored a consolation run in the bottom of that inning with Hara on the mound for the Swallows. Tobashira scored from second on Kuwahara’s two out single to center.
Ogawa threw 115 pitches, struck out five, walked three, and allowed just one run from six hits. It was nice to see him finally get a little run support as he’s been a reliable starter this month.
Game three of this series is tomorrow at 2 PM.
- Both Balentien and Hatakeyama went 2-5 with the latter adding one RBI.
- In addition to Yamada’s homer in the first, he drew walks in his final two at-bats.
- The win bumps Tokyo (5-8-0) into fourth place in the CL standings. They switched spots with Yokohama (3-8-1).