Sasaki, the ‘monster’ who throws 165 km/h, takes out a ‘winning ball’ from her pocket and presents it to a little fan, fan service with different classes

Chiba Lotte Marines’ ‘monster pitcher’ Sasaki Loki (22) is in his 4th professional season this year. He didn’t pitch in his first year in 2020. The club made a strategic decision to protect the young fastball pitcher’s shoulders. He grew up under the careful management of his team and seems to have taken a step forward this year. He is not a pitcher who makes headlines with his fastball, but is now a representative of Japanese professional baseball.메이저놀이터

After playing an active role in Japan’s victory at the WBC (World Baseball Classic) in March, the class continues a different course in the pennant race.

Interleague (exchange match) Hiroshima Carp match held at Chiba Lotte Marine Stadium on the 11th. In his 8th start this season, he gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings and won his 5th game. He faced 28 batters, striking out 10, walking one and throwing one wild pitch. ERA 1.41. He strikes out 79 while pitching 51 innings, a dominant first. It is an average of 13.93 in 9 innings.

Two records stand out.

In the top of the 5th inning, with 2 outs and bases loaded, a fastball thrown against Ryota Hatsuki in 1B2S hit 165km/h. Hatsuki hit the ball into the middle of the strike zone and made it a foul.

165 km/h is the highest speed in Japanese professional baseball. Only two people reached their dream speed. Only Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels) and Sasaki from the Nippon Ham Fighters days.

Until last year, Sasaki’s highest speed was 164 km. However, he throws 165 km this season. last april 28

Chiba Lotte Sasaki. Photo source = Chiba Lotte Marines website
In the match against the Orix Buffaloes, he recorded the highest velocity four times. His 103rd ball in the 6th came out to 165 km and became a hot topic.

Sasaki continued perfect pitching until the 4th inning, then gave up 2 runs in the 5th. A total of 95 pitches through the 6th inning. After the sixth inning, he conveyed his intention to pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki that he would pitch one more inning. He took the mound in the seventh with a 6-2 lead, ending the inning scoreless. Sasaki said, “He wasn’t in very good shape today, but he wanted to pitch a long inning.”

109 pitches. It is Sasaki’s most pitches in one game.

Until last year, in fact, 100 pitches per game was the Maginot line. On April 17 last year, right after achieving a perfect game against the Orix Buffaloes, he was replaced after perfect pitching until the 8th inning against the Nippon Ham Fighters. He threw 102 pitches and turned over the mound.

In fact, it seems that the pitch limit has been lifted. Chiba Lotte manager Yoshii Masato said, “I have to throw close to 110 pitches anyway.” Although he has been in his 4th year as a professional, it is read as meaning that he has to digest his schedule like other pitchers. Sasaki pitched in two games in May due to blisters on his fingers. He was on break for over 20 days.

Sasaki captured the hearts of the fans even after the game was over.

Chiba Lotte Sasaki’s pitching. Photo source = Chiba Lotte Marines website
Daily Sports, a Japanese sports magazine, reported that Sasaki signed autographs for the fans over the spectator net after the award-winning player interview was completed immediately after the game on the 11th. Sasaki stopped when young fans asked for autographs.

He even took the winning ball from his pocket and handed it to the crowd. Every time he interviews a hero, he presents a mascot doll given by the club to young fans.

This is Sasaki who can’t help but be loved not only for his tremendous performance but also for his warm heart.