April 22nd, 2017 vs Hiroshima

April 22nd, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentHiroshima Carp 0

Tokyo Swallows 1

Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LLLWW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

The Swallows grab a series win, and Ogawa levels his record, in a rain-shortened pitcher’s duel at Jingu.

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W: Ogawa (2-2); L: Okada (2-1);

This was never going to be an easy game for the Swallows as Okada has had an amazing start to his rookie season. Fortunately Tokyo’s 2013 Rookie of the Year put together another solid outing to keep the powerful Carp offense at bay.

 Carp Swallows
1Kosuke Tanaka (SS)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)
2Ryosuke Kikuchi (2B)2Takahiro Araki (3B)
3Yoshihiro Maru (CF)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Seiya Suzuki (RF)4Wladimir Balentien (LF)
5Ryuhei Matsuyama (LF)5Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
6Brad Eldred (1B)6Akihisa Nishida (1B)
7Tomohiro Abe (3B)7Yuhei Nakamura (C)
8Yoshiyuki Ishihara (C)8Keiji Obiki (SS)
9Akitake Okada (P)9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)

Hiroshima only managed two hits. The other four times that runners got on base was by walk, and two of those came in the top of the first inning.

After that the game was largely uneventful. Your Birds collected a hit in four of the first five innings, but three of them came with two outs. The threat was extinguished shortly thereafter. The hit in the fifth, a Nakamura leadoff triple, wasn’t enough to grab the game’s first run as Ohbiki, Ogawa, and Sakaguchi all went down swinging.

But the Swallows attacked early in the sixth as well, and that’s when they finally make a breakthrough. Araki singled to left, and then Yamada drew a walk.

The Carp sac-bunted with one out and Arai was brought in to hit for Okada. He grounded out to short.

Balentien pulled the ninth pitch of his at-bat, a 3-2 slider, into left field to plate Araki from second.

1-0 FINAL

And that was it. The steady rain turned heavier, and the mound got gooier. The officiating crew called it a night with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh.

And like that, the Swallows picked up a series win against one of the better teams in the country.

Ogawa threw 112 pitches over seven complete innings. He struck out five, walked four, and allowed just two hits. His ERA is now 1.67 through four starts, good enough for third in the Central behind teammate Buchanan (0.783 through three starts) and Chunichi’s Matayoshi (1.14 through five). Ogawa is also tied for second in innings pitched (27), one out behind league leader Okada, his opposite number this evening.

Game three of this series is scheduled for tomorrow at 6 PM.

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