May 27th, 2017 @ Chunichi

May 27th, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentTokyo Swallows 2Chunichi Logo

Chunichi Dragons 4

Streak: Lost 5    Last 5: LLLLL

(Nagoya Dome)

The Swallows dropped their fifth straight and second in a row down in Nagoya.

W: Iwase (1-3)
L: Ishiyama (0-2)
S: Tajima (13)

Another late inning crumble from the relief corps compounded the team’s tepid offense.

 Swallows Dragons
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Yota Kyoda (SS)
2Imanami (3B)2Araki (2B)
3 Tetsuto Yamada (2B)3Yohei Oshima (CF)
4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)4Dayan Viciedo (1B)
5Wladimir Balentien (LF)5 Alex Guererro (3B)
6Omatsu (1B)6Atsushi Fujii (LF)
7 Keiji Obiki (SS)7Ryosuke Hirata (RF)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8 Masato Matsui (C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Matayoshi (P)

Your Birds scored first with a little help from opposing starter, Matayoshi. In the top of the first, Balentien got hit by a pitch which loaded the bases after Imanami’s walk and Yamada’s single. Omatsu then drew a walk of his own to force Imanami home from third.

1-0 Tokyo

Tokyo then doubled the lead in the top of the fifth. Sakaguchi and Imanami hit singles with one out, and Sakaguchi scored one out later thanks to a Yuhei base knock to right.

2-0 Tokyo

Ogawa’s afternoon ended early today, unfortunately. Chunichi started to manhandle him in the sixth, and he was hooked before recording a single out. Despite a double play in the middle of everything, Chunichi tied things up with a pair of RBI singles.


And things came completely undone in the eighth when Ishiyama got manhandled as well. He lasted only 1/3 of an inning but managed to give up two runs before exiting the field of play. The small consolation was that Naruse recorded the final two outs on just five pitches. It was only his fourth appearance this season, but he has yet to allow an earned run.


Ogawa threw 79 pitches over five and 0/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two while allowing two earned runs from five hits. He did not factor in the decision.

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

  • Kozo

    Ogawa wasn’t just lifted for ineffectiveness. He went to the bench and it was announced he was receiving treatment, but he ultimately never came back into the game.