The best pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball kept his pride until the end.
Orix Buffaloes right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, was hit hard on the first day of league play after the interleague schedule ended. Yamamoto took the loss on 23 March against the SoftBank Hawks in Fukuoka after giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings. It was his most runs allowed in 10 games this season and his third loss in six starts. He gave up three runs in 7⅓ innings against the Seibu Lions on 22 April and three runs in six innings against SoftBank on 13 May. He took the loss against Seibu and picked up the win against SoftBank바카라사이트.
Yamamoto had won five of his last six games, dating back to 29 April against the Chiba Lotte Marines (one run in six innings). In six games and 43 innings pitched, he had a 1.46 ERA. The streak was interrupted.
The Oryx opened the scoring in the top of the first inning.
Two batters later, No. 3 Tomoya Mori hit a one-run homer off SoftBank starter Kohei Aihara, who was returning to the majors after a three-year absence. From 2B, he lined a 130km/h slider down the middle of the strike zone and sent it over the Fukuoka Dome right-field fence.
It was his first start in 10 days. Yamamoto got off to a difficult start.
He gave up a leadoff single to left field to Akira Nakamura. He retired World Baseball Classic (WBC) teammates Daisei Makihara (2) and Gensuke Kondo (3) on consecutive infield singles, but Yunagita (4) was able to get the final out.
He plans to play in the major leagues through STEM. Major League Baseball officials are checking his pitches every game. The four earned runs raised his ERA to 1.98.
The Oryx, who are looking to win their third consecutive Pacific League title, were swept 1-7. The loss dropped them a half-game behind SoftBank for first place. SoftBank, the Oryx, and Chiba Lotte are in a tight race for first place. Prior to today’s game, the Oryx were in first place, 0.5 games ahead of Softbank. Chiba Lotte, who have recently faltered after leading the table, were in third place, 1.5 games behind first.