June 17th, 2017 vs Hokkaido

June 17th, 2017

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Tokyo Swallows 5

Streak: Won 4    Last 5: LWWWW

(Jingu Stadium)


What a difference a week makes!

W: Buchanan (4-4); strong>L: Mendoza (2-5)

And it was all thanks to a phenomenal outing by Tokyo starter, David Buchanan, who knocked the Hokkaido offense off-kilter with an efficient and dominant complete game shutout.

 Fighters Swallows
1 Haruki Nishikawa (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (LF)
2 Takuya Nakashima (SS)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3Sho Nakata (1B)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4 Brandon Laird (3B)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5 Taishi Ota (LF)5Dean Green (1B)
6 Go Matsumoto (RF)6Keiji Ohbiki (SS)
7Shota Ono (C)7Ryota Fujii (3B)
8Kazunari Ishii (2B)8Suguru Ino (C)
9Luis Mendoza (P)9David Buchanan (P)

The offense chipped in, too, of course.

With Buchanan perfect through the first three frames, the engines were finally warm enough with two outs in the bottom of the third. Sakaguchi and Ueda led with back-to-back singles before Yamada deposited his eighth home run of the season in the left field bleachers.

3-0 Tokyo

In the bottom of the fourth, Ohbiki popped his fourth dinger of the season for a little extra cushion.

4-0 Tokyo

Buchanan dominated this afternoon.

And the scoring concluded in the bottom of the seventh when Buchanan, Sakaguchi, and Ueda all reached base safely, and Buchanan was able to tag up and score from third on Yamada’s sac-fly to left.


But Buchanan deserves the most kudos here. He threw 110 pitches over nine complete innings and allowed just five base runners the entire game (four hits and one walk). All four of those hits were outfield singles. Not counting foul flies, Buchanan recorded 19 infield outs (one double-play).

He also struck out three and even drew a walk in his final at-bat. The win leveled his record at 4-4, and his ERA sank to a stingy 2.20.

Let’s not get too excited, but your birds have now won two series in a row. The team’s final chance at a sweep during interleague takes place tomorrow at Jingu when game three of this series brings the beatings to an end for a bit. There’s a four day baseballless break before Central League hostilities recommence on Friday June 23rd against Chunichi.

Game Notes:

  • Sakaguchi was 3-4 at the plate with three singles and a run scored.
  • Yamada collected four RBI thanks to his homer and sac fly. He also drew a walk, leaving him 1-2 for the afternoon.
  • Ueda’s Tak-bunt in the bottom of the first led to precisely zero runs being scored.
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