Yokohama Bay Stars left-handed pitcher Shota Imanaga (30) 소닉카지노 made an impressive pitch in front of major league scouts. He started as a starter against the Chunichi Dragons held at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture on the 13th and pitched well, allowing 7 hits and 1 run in 8 innings. He faced 30 batters and threw 107 pitches, striking out 11 while throwing 4 walks.
On this day, officials from 10 major teams, including the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Texas Rangers, gathered at Yokohama Stadium. Imanaga plans to advance to the major leagues through the posting system this offseason. His international competitiveness was confirmed by his participation as a representative of Japan in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) last March.
Although he missed his eighth win of the season, it was a comeback that caught the attention of major league officials.
He is showing overwhelming strikeout ability this season. He struck out 168 and walked 10.79 batters per nine innings in 136 innings. It surpasses the Central League and ranks first in both leagues. 32 points behind Shoki Murakami (Hanshin Tigers) in second place.
In the Pacific League, Atsuki Taneichi (Chiba Lotte Marines) ranks 1st and 2nd with 146, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes) ranks 1st and 2nd with 145.
I took my first step refreshingly. In the top of the first inning, opponents 1 to 3 were hit with a three-way strike. He struck out Yuki Okabayashi with a fly ball to center field, Kenta Bright with a swing and missed strikeout, and caught Orlando Calixte with a ground ball to shortstop. Strike out Kenta
He recorded 1,000 strikeouts in his career. He is the 9th Yokohama player to achieve 1,000 strikeouts against the Yakult Swallows on June 6, 2002, following current coach Daisuke Miura.
In the top of the second inning, he struck out No. 4 Takaya Ishikawa and No. 5 Dayan Viciedo. With 2 outs, he got his first hit from number 6, Seiya Hosokawa. A changeup thrown to a high course outside the first pitch led to a heavy hit. The inning ended with No. 7 Takuya Kinoshita returned with a fly ball to center field.
He closed the 3rd and 4th innings with 1 hit and no runs, and gave up the first run in the top of the 5th. Hosokawa, who appeared as the leadoff hitter, hit a left-field home run. A high fastball of 146 km/h was hit. Like the first hit given up in the top of the second inning, this time it was also the first pitch.
Yokohama tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 5th inning when Neftali Soto hit a 1-run home run.
With two hits in the top of the sixth inning, the team was in danger of giving up a run with one out and first and second bases. This time, Ishikawa and Biciedo were hit with a hit in the 4th and 5th times. They gave up one hit each in the 7th and 8th innings, but got through it without allowing a run. Imanaga handed over the mound to the bullpen in the 9th inning when the score was tied 1-1.
Despite Imanaga’s good pitching, Yokohama lost 1-2 after a close game in the 11th overtime. The wounds were deep after two consecutive losses to Chunichi, last place in the league. Yokohama, 3rd in the Central League, is being chased by 4th place Yomiuri Giants by 1.5 games.
Yokohama lost the game that day, confirming its failure to win the championship for 25 consecutive years. Since reaching the top in 1998, they have never lifted the championship trophy. Among the 12 Japanese professional baseball teams, they have not won a championship for the longest period of time.
Yokohama’s attendance exceeded 2 million for the first time in 63 home games. This is the shortest record, one game faster than the 64 games in 2019.