‘Perfect Game’ monster Sasaki Loki (Chiba Lotte Marines) showed off his best pitching in the first appearance of the regular season. He showed off his power by striking out 11 batters as well as 17 batters in a row.
On the 6th (Korean time), Sasaki started the 2023 Nippon Ham Fighters home match held at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba, Chiba, Japan, and won his first win of the season with 80 pitches, 1 hit, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. got my hands on먹튀검증
Sasaki pitched in 20 games, including achieving the “youngest” perfect game against the Orix Buffaloes early last year, and left an excellent record of 9-4 with an ERA of 2.02. He boarded the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in Japan and made a name for himself worldwide by recording 1 run in 3⅔ innings against the Czech Republic in the Group B group stage (visa) and 3 runs in 4 innings against Mexico in the quarterfinals (3 earned). notified
Sasaki, who returned from the WBC schedule, took a break without appearing in an exhibition game and prepared for the start on the 6th, and had a successful first appearance. On this day, a strong wind blew through the ZOZO Marine Stadium. However, it did not have much effect on Sasaki’s pitching. Sasaki pitched flawlessly, recording five consecutive three-way strikes from the 2nd to the 6th inning with a fast ball of up to 164km.
It was intense from the start. Sasaki got off to a good start by catching leading hitter Ryota Isobata with a ground ball to second baseman in the first inning. Afterwards, Manami Chusei allowed a hit in the center field after a 9-pitch game, but ended a scoreless start by turning Matsumoto Go and Nomura Yuki into tiger hits. And in the 2nd inning, Kotaro Kiyomiya, Ariel Martinez, and Daigo Kamikawabata tied the batting line with a three-way attack.
Starting with the second episode, Sasaki performed a three-way strikeout and strikeout show. Sasaki caught Shingo Usami and Kazunari Ishii with grounders in the 3rd inning, then struck out Isobata with a 148km forkball in the 4th pitch, and continued cruising by striking out Manami, third baseman Matsumoto and striking out Nomura in the 4th inning. And in the 5th inning, Kiyomiya struck out with a 145km forkball, Martinez with a 144km forkball, and Kamikawabata also struck out with a 147km forkball to obtain the victory requirement.
It was neat until the finish. Sasaki got on the mound again in the 6th inning, striking out Usami and then catching Ishii with a grounder to first baseman. And Isobata also struck out with a 146km forkball and went down the mound after recording 17 consecutive batters. Even considering it was his first appearance of the season, Sasaki’s performance was staggering.
Japan’s ‘Full Count’ commented, “It was a fastball that cut through the wind at ZOZO Marine Stadium,” and ‘Daily Sports’ said, “The first hit was allowed, but only one runner was sent. Kiyomiya in two consecutive at-bats He gave a superb pitch, such as striking out three pitches. He showed a strikeout show.”
After the game, Sasaki said, “(After the WBC) I didn’t pitch in the game, so I didn’t know what the condition was like, but a good pitch came out. It was good to be able to do it,” he said, expressing his feelings of reaping his first victory.
On this day, at ZOZO Marine Stadium, the call of ‘Sasaki’, who returned after winning the WBC, rang out. He said, “At first, I wondered who he was talking about. It’s because he’s usually called ‘Rocky.’ But later, I realized it was me, and I was really grateful.” I will work hard so that I can do it in the future,” he said with strength.