3 consecutive complete pitches, ‘amazing power’ 2⅓ innings, 6 runs allowed, ‘worst pitching’… “I am angry at the abusive language on social media. I will never forgive you.”
메이저놀이터Hiromi Ito (26), a pitcher for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese professional baseball team, expressed her anger at fans’ excessive slander and swearing.
Ito started the game against the Seibu Lions held at Escon Field in Hokkaido, Japan on the 10th and pitched the worst. He became the losing pitcher, allowing 9 hits, 3 walks, and 6 runs (4 earned) in 2⅓ innings.
Ito suffered consecutive hits and a walk in the first inning, putting the bases loaded with no outs. He escaped the crisis by striking out three batters in a row in the face of a massive run crisis.
However, he was in danger of having the bases loaded with one out due to a bunt hit, sacrifice bunt, and walk in the second inning, followed by a catching error by the shortstop. He got two outs on a grounder to second base, but allowed the first run. He gave up his second run on a hit to right with two outs and 2nd and 3rd bases.
In the third inning, he got three consecutive hits and was on the verge of reaching bases with no outs. He gave up 1 run with a sacrifice fly, and allowed 1 run with a hit to right on 1st and 3rd bases with 1 out. The first baseman’s infield hit continued the crisis with the bases loaded with one out, and a walk was allowed, making the score 0-5. It was eventually replaced. Afterwards, the relief pitcher gave up 1 run with a sacrifice fly, resulting in 6 runs.
Nippon Ham team website
Ito, who had pitched complete games (1 win, 2 losses) in the last 3 consecutive games, retired after his personal minimum innings pitched since his professional debut on this day. After the game, some extreme fans made comments on Ito’s SNS.
Ito posted on his SNS, “I’m sorry to the team, and I know I pitched pathetically, but… “He also revealed the abusive language and slander that crossed the line he received. The content included, “Get hit in the head (by a batted ball) and retire” and “Life is pitiful.”
Ito said, “There are good and bad things to say. I am a professional athlete who is supported by fans, and I think that fans who buy tickets, which are never cheap, and come to watch the game sometimes have the right to express harsh opinions. However, I think slander and slander are completely different,” he said.
Ito said, “Athletes are also ordinary people. He has a fighting spirit on the field, but when he returns to everyday life, there are curse words that will hurt his heart. What makes me angry more than anything is that it denies my parents, who raised me, and the leaders and officials who taught me a lot. “I will never forgive you,” he said, expressing his anger.
Ito recorded 10 wins, 9 losses, and a 2.90 ERA in 23 games in his first year of debut in 2021. Last year, he went 10-9 with 1 save and 1 hold in 26 games with a 2.95 earned run average, marking his second consecutive 10-win season.
He has 7 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 3.39 in 22 games this season. He participated in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and the 2023 World Baseball Classic with the Japanese national team.
Nippon Ham team website