May 6th, 2017 @ Yokohama

May 6th, 2017

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Yokohama BayStars 6

Streak: Lost 3 Last 5: WLLLL

(Yokohama Stadium)

Your Birds dropped a fourth straight despite carrying a five run lead into the eighth and another Yamada home run.

W: Sunada (1-0); L: Akiyoshi (3-1 5S)

Oh, and just to draw the agony out a little, this game went 11 innings.

 Swallows BayStars
1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)1Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)
2Naomichi Nishiura (SS)2Takayuki Kajitani (RF)
3Testuto Yamada (2B)3José Lopez (1B)
4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)
5Wladimir Balentien (LF)5Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)
6Atsushi Ugumori (1B)6Yasutaka Tobashira (C)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Takehiro Ishikawa (2B)
8Ryota Yachi (3B)8Shota Imanaga (P)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)

Tokyo got on the board first thanks to a Sakaguchi single and a Yamada opposite field homer on a 3-1 Imanaga fastball.

2-0 Tokyo

The Swallows didn’t threaten again until the seventh, but it didn’t matter because Ogawa allowed only two hits in the interim. Top of the seventh, and Suda is now on the mound for Yokohama. Ugumori rips one to the wall in center for a double, and his second of the game at that. Nakamura followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Yachi then bounced one to second but Kajimoto (pinch running for Ugumori) was safe at home on a fielder’s choice.

After an Ogawa sac bunt which moved both runners into scoring position, Sakaguchi delivered with his second single of the game. Both runners scored.

5-0 Tokyo

But then things got ugly.

It all started with Takeuchi’s fumbled grounder at first which allowed Aranami to get on base. Ishikawa then drew a four-pitch walk, but Ogawa struck Elian Herrera swinging on four pitches. Ogawa’s next offering, was right down the middle, and Kuramoto deposited it in center field which scored an unearned run.

Ogawa leaves the field after watching his five run lead disappear in the eighth.

The next four were not unearned though. Kuwahara drew a full count walk to juice the bases, and that brought Kajitani to the plate. Ogawa threw three consecutive heaters, and that third one he’ll regret for a while. Kajitani blasted it into the bleachers in right field for his seventh homer of the season.


In extra innings, the Swallows were able to manufacture a threat in the top of the 11th, but with two on and one out both Omatsu and Sakaguchi put the ball in play but recorded outs.

In the bottom of that frame, Akiyoshi only got one out before the deciding run came home on a Shibata double to center.


So, not a fun one really.

Blame it on that Takeuchi error or blame it on fatigue (it was hot yesterday afternoon), Ogawa was having himself another good game until the eighth. He ended up getting tagged with five runs (four earned) through seven and one third innings. He allowed just four hits (grand slam included) and three walks while striking out eight.

Ishiyama and Lueke both made scoreless relief appearances.

Game three of this series is scheduled for 1 PM tomorrow when Tokyo’s Hoshi will get another start, this time against Yokohama’s Kubo.

**Game Notes:

  • Yamada’s homer was his fourth of the year. He was 2-5 at the plate today.
  • Ugumori was 2-2 with a pair of doubles and a walk.
  • Balentien put the ball in play all four times he came to the plate but ended the afternoon 0-4.
  • There was one Tak-bunt today (Nakamura in the 11th), and it did not help eventuate a run.

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

  • Ryo Uchida

    Thanks for the write up. What a disheartening game, when the two guys (Takeuchi and Ueda) that were put in there for defensive purposes botches up the game… Crazy that this wasn’t the worst upset on this day though, as Hiroshima couldn’t keep a 9-0 lead… Also, it’s Enomoto not Kajimoto, who ran for Ugumori (both make up our recent P-League defect collection… all we need is a Lions guy, and our collection will be complete!).