June 23rd, 2017, vs. Yokohama

June 23rd, 2017

TS Logo 150x transparentNew Baystars Logo 2012Yokohama BayStars 7

Tokyo Swallows 8

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: WWWLW

(Meiji Jingu Stadium)

While David Buchanon didn’t have a pretty night, the Swallows offense prevailed in a wild seesaw game.

W: Ishiyama (1-3);L: HIrata (0-1)
 BayStars Swallows
1Masayuki Kuwahara (CF)1Tomotaka Sakaguchi (LF)
2Takayuki Kajitani (RF)2Tsuyoshi Ueda (CF)
3José Lopez (1B)3Tetsuto Yamada (2B)
4Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (LF)4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)
5Toshiro Miyazaki (3B)5Dean Green (1B)
6Yasutaka Tobashira (C)6Keiji Obiki (SS)
7Elián Herrera (2B)7Ryota Fujii (3B)
8Shoichi Ino (P)8Suguru Ino (C)
9Toshihiko Kuramoto (SS)9David Buchanon (P)

The Swallows struck first in the third inning. Ino lead off the inning with a single, Buchanan bunted him over to second and Ino came home via a Sakamoto double. 1-0 Swallows

The BayStars got the run back right away with a Tobashira solo shot to right. 1-1 All

Buchanan ran into trouble in a big way in the next inning. Kuramoto lead off the inning with a double, and advanced to third on a Kuwahara bunt. Kajitani and Lopez followed with back-to-back singles to score a run and put two men on base. 2-1 BayStars Tsutsugo came up to bat and bombed a shot to straight centerfield for three runs. 5-1 BayStars Ueda slammed into the centerfield wall face first chasing the ball but returned to the game after a few minutes.

Buchanan left the game after the inning and handed off the ball to the bullpen.

The Swallows’ bats struck back in the sixth. Green lead off the inning with a 10 pitch walk. Obiki singled to put two men on, and a Fujii walk loaded the bases. Ino grounded out to score a run, and put men on the corners. 5-2 BayStars Omatsu hit a soft grounder in front of the plate to score yet another run in exchange for an out. 5-3 BayStars Sakaguchi followed with a double to score yet another run and kick Ino out of the game. 5-4 BayStars The pitching change didn’t work out for the BayStars as Ueda was able to double in the tying run. 5-5 All

Guilmet, Kondo, and Lueke pitched clean innings and kept the Swallows in the game. In the eighth after the Swallows gave up two quick outs, Takeuchi singled and Sakaguchi walked to set the tables for Ueda. Ueda responded with a first pitch liner down the right field line that was good for three bases and two runs. 7-5 Swallows

The Swallows gave the ball to Akiyoshi to save the game, but tonight’s Akiyoshi wasn’t in control. Herrera lead off the inning with a single and Akiyoshi walked Ishikawa. Kuramoto bunted the runners over and the Swallows elected to play the outfield shallow against Kuwahara. The defensive call backfired as Kuwahara hit a deep fly ball over Yuhei’s head to tie the game and put a man on third. 7-7 All The infield played in against Kajitani and that move paid off as Kajitani grouned right to Yamada and he was able to throw out Kuwahara at home to preserve the tie.

The Swallows couldn’t get a run in the bottom of the inning and the game went into extras. Kyuko came in to face Tsutsugo to lead off the tenth and Tsutsugo lead off with a single. The BayStars sent out a pinch runner for Tsutsugo and the Swallows brought out Ishiyama. Ishiyama managed to pick off the pinch runner and got the last two outs of the inning without further drama.

Fujii lead off the bottom of the tenth with a single, and Ino bunted him over to second. With Takeuchi up the BayStars chose to disregard his power potential and played their outfield shallow. Takeuchi made them pay with a fly over the centerfielder’s head for a sayonara hit. 8-7 Swallows FINAL


  • Takeuchi’s sayonara hit was his first since June 8, 2009.
  • Sakaguchi and Ueda both ended the night with three hits. Ueda should’ve been tonight’s hero having brought home the tying and go ahead runs before having the game blown by Akiyoshi.
  • Hara will take the mound against Ishida tomorrow at 14:00.


About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.