June 9th 2017, @ Chiba

June 9th, 2017

There is no god, the Swallows lost to the PL cellar dwellers, and the Giants’ losing streak came to an end officially making the Swallows the only winless team in Interleague. Twitter is now awash with jokes about how the Swallows should just start the farm team, a process is slowly coming to pass with today’s call up of Taishi Hirooka. So this week I’ve decided to recap this afternoon’s Giants-Swallows farm game. (If you’re a masochist, you can find the details of the top team’s loss at the bottom of this page.)

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Toda Swallows 1

Streak: Tied 1    Last 5: WWLWT

(Toda Stadium)

After a rough start to the season the Toda Swallows heated up and May/June and came into today’s game with a 24-25-2 record. Tateyama was tasked with bringing the farm team back up to a .500 record.

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 Farm Giants Farm Swallows
1Yasuhiro Yamamoto (2B)1Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)
2Naoki Yoshikawa (SS)2Nobuyuki Okumura (SS)
3Soichiro Tateoka (CF)3Hajime Omura (DH)
4Garrett Jones (DH)4Shinichi Takeuchi (1B)
5Takehiro Donoue (1B)5Izumi Hara (RF)
6Daisuke Fujimura (3B)6Aoi Enomoto (CF)
7Kazuma Okamoto (LF)7Yudai Hoshino (3B)
8Tetsuya Matsumoto (RF)8Masayoshi Miwa (2B)
9Shingo Usami (C)9Suguru Ino (C)
PKan OtakeShohei Tateyama

The Swallows struck first in the third inning. Miwa hit an one out double off of Otake. After Ino grounded out, Yamasaki came up to bat. Otake uncorked a wild pitch to let Miwa advance to third. Yamasaki smoked a 2-2 pitch to third that was fielded by a diving Fujimura. Yamasaki managed to beat the throw to first and Miwa scored. 1-0 Swallows

Tateyama scattered a bunch of hits but kept the second string Giants off the board until the fifth. Fujimura lead off the fifth with a double to right field. Okamoto flied out to deep right and allowed Fujimura to take third. The Swallows infield played in against Matsumoto and he grounded straight to short, but Fujimura got a good jump and Okumura took the sure out at first. 1-1 All

Tateyama pitched eight full innings and didn’t allow any more runs. Unfortunately the Swallows offense couldn’t get anything else done against the Giants. Preston Guilmet pitched a perfect ninth, and rookie Kikusawa pitched a perfect tenth and got the first batter of the eleventh out before making way for 2014 first rounder Takeshita. Takeshita got the last two outs but not before giving up two walks in the process.

I’m not quite sure how Eastern League rules work but after the Swallows went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eleventh the game was declared a tie. 1-1 All FINAL


  • Yamasaki (3-for-4 with a walk) and Miwa (2-for-3 with a walk) accounted for five of the Swallows six hits.
  • Tateyama’s final line was 8.0 IP / 99 P / 7 H / 1 BB / 5 K / 1 ER / 1 R.
  • The Swallows will once again attempt to get to .500 tomorrow against the Giants. Game will start at 13:00 at Toda. While starters are not announced in advance, Ohlendorf has started the last two Saturdays for the farm team.Taishi Hirooka who
  • Earlier in the day Daiki Watanabe, two days removed from his 20th birthday, was named Eastern League player of the month for May. He did not play in today’s game.
  • Taishi Hirooka who started the day leading the Eastern League in hits (48), HR (9), runs (33), and total bases (87) was called up to the top team and started at short in Chiba. Let’s see how that went down…

June 9th, 2017

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Chiba Lotte Marines 4

Streak: Lost 4 Last 5: TLLLL

(Zozo Marine Stadium)

A few hours later in Chiba the Swallows got humiliated by the sea.

W: Wakui (2-4); L: Hara (1-3)
 Swallows Marines
1Tetsuto Yamada (2B)1Roel Santos (CF)
2Tomotaka Sakaguchi (CF)2Kasuya Kakunaka (LF)
3Takahiro Araki (LF)3Ikuhiro Kiyota (RF)
4Yuhei (Takai) (RF)4Jimmy Paredes (DH)
5Shoitsu Omatsu (DH)5Daichi Suzuki (2B)
6Dean Green (1B)6Matthew Duffy (1B)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Kazuya Katsiki (1B)
8Ryota Fujii (3B)8Ryo Miki (3B)
9Taishi Hirooka (SS)9Tatsuhiro Tamura (C)
SPJuri Hara (P)SPHideki Wakui (P)

After three straight quality starts, Hara quickly lost his chance to extend his streak. Santos lead off the first with a single. Kakunaka flied out but Santos advanced to second by stealing it during Kiyota’s at bat. Kiyota walked and it looked like Hara got Paredes to ground out to first, but Dean Green’s flip to first base went over Hara’s head and gave Santos enough time to score from second. 1-0 Marines The error was ultimately inconsequential as Suzuki followed with a homer to right. 4-0 Marines

The Swallows got their lone run in the fourth. Yamada lead off the inning with a hit and a walk. Two outs later, Yuhei cashed Yamada in with a single. 4-1 Marines

The Marines loaded the bases against Hara in the bottom of the inning and got a lone run off of a Kakunaka single. 5-1 Marines

The last run of the night came in the fifth. Suzuki drew an one out walk and advanced to second on a Hara wild pitch. Duffy doubled Suzuki home. 6-1 Marines

Nakazawa (1 IP) and Yamamoto (2 IP) pitched three imperfect but scoreless innings to end the game. The Swallows offense managed eight singles (distributed evenly across all starters except Araki) and no extra base hits for the night. 6-1 Marines FINAL

Hirooka went 1-for-4 in his first top team start of 2017.

Hoshi will attempt to break the winless streak against Futaki tomorrow afternoon in Chiba.

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.