The iron curtain has fallen.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, failed to win his 15th game of the season. He allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits in seven innings against the Rakuten Eagles at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Saturday. It was his sixth loss in 21 starts this season. He gave up three runs in the fifth inning and threw scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
His consecutive scoreless innings streak was snapped at 44. Yamamoto had an ERA of ‘0’ in six games since August 1 against the Rakuten Eagles. Prior to this game, he had allowed three runs in 42 innings, all unearned.
It was a good start.
The first inning started with a triple play. I got Hiroto Kobukata (1) to fly out to first, Yuya Ogawa (2) to strike out swinging, and Hiroaki Shimauchi (3) to fly out to right.
In the second, he gave up a single to Hideto Asamura (4) and a walk to Toshiki Abe (6) to put runners on first and second, but got out of the inning unscathed.
The first run came in the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Asamura and Takero Okajima put runners on first and second. Rakuten took a 2-1 lead. Yamamoto added another run in the fifth inning with a sacrifice bunt.
Rakuten then left runners in scoring position, but were shut out. He got out of the inning with runners on first and third in the sixth and first and second in the seventh.안전놀이터
Yamamoto’s second no-hitter came on April 9 against the Chiba Lotte Marines. He tossed nine innings of no-hit ball against Chiba Lotte. He faced 29 batters until the ninth inning, throwing 102 pitches and allowing only two walks.
This was his second no-hitter in a year and three months after his first against the Seibu Lions on June 18 last year. It was the first no-hitter in two consecutive seasons in 82 years.
Coincidentally, the no-hitter was followed by a run in the next game.
Yamamoto plans to play in the major leagues after the season. More than 20 representatives from 12 major league teams, including New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, were on hand to watch Yamamoto’s no-hitter.
Yamamoto’s no-hitter. Yamamoto’s value is skyrocketing as he continues to perform at his best this year. There’s talk of a five-year total of $200 million.
As of the 16th, he’s 14-6 with a 1.32 ERA and 148 strikeouts. He leads the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts, passing Atsuki Taneichi of Chiba Lotte (146). She is on pace to win four titles for the third consecutive year.