Sept 8th 2017, @ Yomiuri

September 8th, 2017

Tokyo Swallows 1

Yomiuri Giants 4

(Tokyo Stain Dome)

Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LLLWL

Coming into the game everything about tonight’s game screamed Giants blowout. Sawamura-candidate Sugano, who had only allowed a single run in three games against the Swallows this year, was set to start against fourth year southpaw Iwahashi making his first start. Iwahashi confounded expectations and had a strong start but was let down by the Swallows defense and bats.

W: Sugano (15-5); L: Iwahashi (0-1)
 Swallows Giants
1Takahiro Araki (1B) 1Dai-kang Yoh (CF)
2Kotaro Yamasaki (CF)2Casey McGehee (2B)
3Wladimir Balentien (LF)3Hayato Sakamoto (SS)
4Tetsuto Yamada (2B)4Shinnosuke Abe (1B)
5Tomotaka Sakaguchi (RF)5Shuichi Murata (3B)
6Carlos Rivera (3B)6Hisayoshi Ch**o (RF)
7Yuhei Nakamura (C)7Kazuma Okamoto (LF)
8Nobuyuki Okumura (SS)8Seiji Kobayashi (C)
9Keiji Iwahashi (P)9Tomoyuki Sugano (P)

Iwahashi started off hot getting back-to-back strikeouts to start off his night. He proceeded to get six strikeouts through his first three innings with just a C***o single in the second. Iwahashi walked two runners in the fourth but got away without any damage.

Unfortunately Sugano was Sugano and he kept the Swallows off the board as well.

Things turned ugly in the fifth. Okamoto hit a high bounding chopper after working the count full. Okamura fielded the ball on the run but his throw to first was a little high taking Araki momentarily off the bag for Okamoto to run through safe. Okamura was charged with the error. Kobayashi bunted Okamoto to second and the Giants gave Sugano a chance to help his own cause. Sugano flied out for the second out of the inning and it looked like Iwahashi had gotten out of the inning after Yoh hit a grounder to second. Unfortunately Yamada couldn’t field the ball moving away from first and he booted the ball for an error that put men on the corners. Casey McGehee took a 1-0 ball on a ride off the left field wall to put two unearned runs on Iwahashi’s line. 2-0 Giants

Not much happened in the way of offense for the Swallows the highlight was probably Iwahashi’s first career hit, a single up the middle in the sixth.

Iwahashi was pulled after six innings and Kondo pitched a perfect seventh. Ishiyama came in to pitch the eighth and gave up back-to-back singles to McGehee and Sakamoto before getting back-to-back strikeouts from Abe and Murata. Ishiyama then walked Kamei before facing Hashimoto. Hashimoto hit a sharp grounder towards left that Okumura managed to field on a dive. Okumura made a throw to second but the runner was safe and two runners scored in the meantime stretching the Giants’ lead. 4-0 Giants Ishiyama did get yet another stirkeout to end the inning but the damage was done.

Sugano went into the ninth cruising with a pitch count of 96. Coco hit the first pitch he saw to short but luckily Sakamoto’s throw was way off the mark and let Coco take second. Yamada followed with a single to put men on the corners. Sakaguchi then grounded into a double play to second to let Coco score and represent the kind of season we’re having. 4-1 Giants Rivero ultimately flied out to center to end the game. 4-1 Giants FINAL


  • Iwahashi’s final line 6.0 IP / 96 P / 2 H / 3 BB / 7 K / 2 R / 0 ER.
  • Not quite as pretty as Sugano’s 9.0 IP / 107 P / 6 H / 0 BB / 8 K / 1 R / 0 ER.
  • 12 of the 24 outs the Swallows got off of the Giants came from strike outs.
  • This game was done in just 2 hours and 34 minutes.
  • The two teams will meet tomorrow afternoon where Ogawa is scheduled to face the rookie Hatake.

Iwahashi was calm and collected.

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.