3 matches, 24 innings, 1 run ‘Power’… 3 matches, 8 innings in a row
[OSEN=Reporter Han Yong-seop] Nippon Professional Baseball Yamamoto Yoshinobu (Orix) won 3 matches by throwing 8 innings in 3 matches in a row.
Yamamoto took the mound as a starting pitcher in a match against the Hanshin Tigers held at Koshien Stadium in Japan on the 13th, throwing 112 pitches in 8 innings, allowing only 2 hits, striking out 11 and becoming the winning pitcher.
He lowered his ERA to 1.59 with 6 wins in the season. It is tied for first place in the Pacific League for most wins and first place in ERA. With 68 strikeouts, he was second only to Roki Sasaki (79).
Yamamoto threw 8 innings in all 3 times against Hiroshima, Yomiuri and Hanshin in exchange matches, and allowed only 1 run in 3 games.
It was a perfect pitch until the third inning against Hanshin스포츠토토, the first place in the Central League. He got off to a clean start with two grounders to second base and a strikeout in the first inning. In the second inning, he struck out two and threw a ground ball to the first baseman. In the third inning, he continued his power struggle with two infield grounders and a strikeout.
Yamamoto struck out in the fourth and got two outs on a grounder to second base, then walked the first runner on base. After he allowed a walk, he struck out fourth batter Yusuke Oyama swinging and striking out.
After striking out in the 5th inning and getting 2 outs with a shortstop grounder, Seijiro Sakamoto’s 152km cut fastball hit a heavy hit and broke the no-hitter. In the 6th inning, he struck out again and committed a triple strike.
It was a crisis at the end of the 7th inning with a 2-0 lead. After getting two outs, he was driven to the bases loaded crisis with a hit ball, an error by the first baseman, and an infield hit on the third base. He applied for a video review, but the safe decision was the same. Yamamoto continued to score no runs with a shortstop grounder in the crisis with the bases loaded with two outs.
Yamamoto, who threw 95 pitches through the 7th inning, got on the mound in the 8th inning as well. He struck out the first hitter, Kento Itohara, with a 153km fastball, striking out, and striking out the first hitter, Koji Chikamoto, with a 124km curveball. It was the 11th strikeout of the day. Yamamoto, who threw 155 km on his 110th pitch against Takumu Nagano, finished the inning with a grounder on his 112th pitch.
Orix had a chance to safely load the bases in the 4th inning with an error by the opponent’s first baseman, a heavy hit, and an error by the third baseman. Nakagawa Keita’s right-handed hit scored one point. In the 7th inning, Gonzales’ solo home run (Season 8) won the game 2-0.