April 15th, 2017 @ Yokohama

April 15th, 2017

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Yokohama BayStars 7

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW

Yokohama Stadium

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.

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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.

 Swallows BayStars
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)
2Yuhei (Takai) (CF)2Taiki Sekine (RF)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3José Lopez (1B)
4Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)
5Atsushi Ugumori (RF)5Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)
6Yuhei Nakamura (C)6Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)
7Keiji Ohbiki (SS)7Yasutaka Tobashira (C)
8Ryota Yachi (3B)8Tatsuhiro Shibata (2B)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Kenta 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.

1-0 Tokyo

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.

4-0 Tokyo

In the third, Hatakeyama singled and later scored from third on Nakamura’s second single of the afternoon.

5-0 Tokyo

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.

5-1 Tokyo

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.

7-1 Tokyo

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.

7-2 FINAL

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.

**Game notes: 

  • 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).
About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini