Sept 9th, 2017 @ Yomiuri

September 9th, 2017

Tokyo Swallows 4

Yomiuri Giants 0

(Tokyo Stain Dome)

Streak: Won 1 Last 5: LLWLW

Team a strong Ogawa start with a two homer, four RBI performance from Yamada, and the Swallows conjure a rare W.

W: Ogawa (8-7); L: Hatake (5-2)

Ogawa only allowed four hits during his seven innings of work, but the first three were doubles. That said, he managed to keep Gomiuri off the scoreboard throughout all 120 of his official pitches. The defense was better than yesterday as well, and that certainly didn’t hurt the team’s chances.

 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 Rivero (3B)6Yoshiyuki Kamei (LF)
7Keiji Obiki (SS)7Hisayoshi Ch**o (RF)
8Yuhei Nakamura (C)8Seiji Kobayashi (C)
9Yasuhiro Ogawa (P)9Seishu Hatake (P)

Yamada put your Birds in control in the top of the sixth. With one out, Yamasaki and Balentien drew consecutive walks, and Yamada teed up the 1-0 offering from Hatake, sending it screaming into the centerfield stands.

3-0 Tokyo

Two relievers later, we arrive at the 9th inning, and Nishimura is now on the mound for Gomiuri. Yamada leads off by again homering to center on the 1-1 pitch.


Yamada was 3-4 at the plate with a single during his first at-bat. His two round-trippers today brought his season tally to 23.

The win brought Ogawa’s record back into positive territory, and he may just get a crack at a 10 game season if he can finish September strong.

Ogawa struck out four and walked two, and his ERA eased to 2.70 after seven scoreless frames. Akiyoshi and Lueke each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

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