‘I threw 165 km, but… ‘Sasaki, opening 20 consecutive scoreless innings… 7 innings 8K 3 runs

 Chiba Lotte Marines Sasaki Rocky (22) ended the record of 20 consecutive scoreless innings.

Sasaki started the match against the Orix Buffaloes held at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 28th and recorded 7 hits, 1 walk, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts and 3 runs in 7 innings. He threw a ball so powerful that a fastball of 165 km/h was recorded on the screen.

Sasaki,안전놀이터 who was hit with a double by Yuma Mune in the first inning, was hit by Tomoya Mori with an RBI at the right time. In the second inning, he was hit in a row by Frank Schwindel and Yuma Tongu, but he did not concede by striking out Gonzalez Ma, Tokumasa Chano, and Kotaro Kurebayashi. 

Sasaki, who recorded a three-way kill in the third, was hit by Yutaro Sugimoto in the fourth. Schwindel caught it with a floating ball in right field, but sent Tongu out with a ball that hit the body and was hit by Gonzalez, putting the bases loaded with one out. In the end, Chano’s one RBI infield hit and Kurebayashi’s sacrifice fly resulted in two runs. Mune ended the inning with a hard time catching it with a fly ball to right field. 

Sasaki, who gave Mori a walk in the fifth inning, struck out Sugimoto and ended the inning by killing Schwindel. In the sixth inning, he recorded a three-way offense. In the 7th inning with 1 out, Mune’s hit and Mori’s ball hit the body, leading to a crisis with 2 out and 1st and 2nd base, but Sugimoto struck out and got out of the crisis. Sasaki, who recorded 106 pitches, finished the day’s appearance as both teams were replaced in the 8th inning, where the score was 3-3. 

Sasaki recorded 20 scoreless innings and 30 strikeouts in the 3 games he appeared in before the match, and harvested 3 victories. However, when he met Orix, who was the victim of the youngest perfect game last season, and lost a run from the first inning, the challenge to record the most consecutive scoreless innings in Japanese professional baseball (Etsuo Nakai in 1963, 31 consecutive scoreless innings) failed.

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