‘165km’ maximum speed 4 times. Perfect pitcher catches up with ‘baseball genius’ Ohtani… My impression is “Well, especially… ”
‘Perfect Pitcher’ Sasaki Rocky (22, Chiba Lotte) tied Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) with the Nippon Professional Baseball’s highest speed (165 km) recorded during his days at Nippon Ham. He threw a 165 km light-speed ball four times in front of major league scouts.
Sasaki pitched as a starting pitcher in the match against Orix held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 28th.
Sasaki, who had been scoreless for 20 consecutive innings in three games since the opening, broke the record by conceding a run from the first inning. He hit a double on the right after one out in the first inning, and with two outs, the first pitch forkball thrown to Tomoya Mori, who was the first in batting, allowed a double on the right and allowed one run. He finished the inning with a grounder off third baseman Yutaro Sugimoto, home run first.
He was driven to the 1st and 2nd base crisis with two hits in a row, but escaped the crisis with KKK. Three-way offense. However, he conceded again in the fourth inning. After being hit by Sugimoto, he was in danger of being loaded with bases with four balls and a hit after one run. He allowed 1 RBI on time to Tokumasa Chano and 3 runs on a sacrifice fly to Kotaro Kurebayashi.
From the 5th episode, more spirits entered. Sasaki’s first pitch against Sugimoto in the fifth inning with one out and first base recorded 165 km. It is the highest restraint by a Japanese pitcher in the Japanese professional baseball league.
In the 6th inning, he also threw a 165km fastball against Chano, and in the 7th inning, he threw a 165km fastball consecutively against Keita Nakagawa and Mori. The 4th 165km was Sasaki’s 103rd pitch that day. The 5th to 7th innings, which covered 165 km, were blocked with no runs and replaced in a 3-3 tie.크크크벳
Sasaki threw 106 pitches in 7 innings, giving up 8 hits, 8 strikeouts and 3 runs. His season record is 3 wins, no losses, and an earned run average of 1.00. He threw 27 innings, striking out 38.
According to Japanese media, Sasaki said after the game, “It was good to be able to throw up to the 7th inning. He threw after that with the mindset that he wouldn’t give up the win,” he said. When asked how he felt about achieving a tie with Ohtani’s highest restraint, he said, “No, well, especially… ” he blurted out.
According to Japanese media, scouts from eight major league teams watched Sasaki’s pitching that day. Sasaki, who achieved the youngest ever perfect game in Nippon Professional Baseball history last year and demonstrated his talent at the World Baseball Classic last March, is already receiving high attention from the major leagues.