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‘Nine innings of no-hit no-run,’ but no win…Japanese pitcher vows to “try again next time”

Yuya Yanagi (Junichi Dragons) threw a nine-inning no-hitter. However, he did not get the win.

Yanagi took the mound against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp at the Nippon Professional Baseball 2023 at the Banterrin Dome in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on 13 September, and pitched nine innings without allowing a run and a hit, walking three and striking out five.

In the top of the first inning, Yanagi was in trouble. Hiroshima leadoff hitter Kaito Kozono reached on a throwing error by Ryuk. He walked Takayoshi Noma, but then hit Takashi Uemoto with a pitch to the body. However, with runners on first and second, he induced Ryoma Nishikawa to fly out to end the threat.

After getting out of the early jam, Yanagi immediately settled down. He didn’t leave a runner on base until the sixth inning. He faced 15 batters and struck out three. He gave up a leadoff single to Noma in the top of the seventh. Uemoto followed with a single to put runners on first and second. But he struck out Nishikawa to end the threat. He then got Ryosuke Kikuchi to fly out to shortstop to end the threat.카지노

After getting out of the eighth inning with a triple play, Yanagi took the mound in the top of the ninth. He got leadoff hitter Kosuke Tanaka to ground out to second base. He then got Kozono to fly out to shortstop. With two outs, he gave up a single to Noma, but got Uemoto to fly out to centre. It was a no-hitter in the ninth inning. However, the Junichi bats were unable to find a way past the Hiroshima mound. The inning ended 0-0. The game went to extra innings.

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Junichi didn’t bring up Yanagi in the top of the 10th inning. Foreign pitcher Martinez took over. Yanagi was unable to record a no-hitter.

With two outs, Martinez gave up a run-scoring single to Shota Tobayashi. But in the bottom of the 10th inning, Junichi made a thrilling comeback. They took advantage of a change in pitcher Takuya Yasaki. Takaya Ishikawa led off with a home run to tie the game. Shingo Usami followed with a back-to-back, walk-off home run to make it a 2-1 Junichi victory.

After the game, Junichi head coach Kazuyoshi Tatsunami said, “I hope the batting staff definitely felt something about Yanagi not getting the win,” adding, “We’ve had less run support in Yanagi’s starts this season. Please connect (with runs) next time.”

“We had Martinez there. You don’t want to make bad predictions, but the no-hitter in the ninth inning, I was thinking, ‘Will it carry over to the next inning?

“It’s my first no-hitter,” Yanagi said. I didn’t think I could achieve it. I’m grateful to the manager,” and “The fans’ support gave me strength. I’ll try to do it again next time,” he said.

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