I couldn’t fill 1 inning. Matsui Yuki (28, Rakuten Eagles), a candidate for closer to the Japanese national team, was beaten in her first actual game.
A practice match against the Nippon Ham Fighters was held on the 14th at King Stadium, Okinawa. Matsui took the mound in the rain, with the score tied 2-2 in the fifth inning. He wanted to announce a fresh start, but collapsed absurdly. He gave up 5 hits and 6 runs while grabbing 2 out counts. Nippon Ham’s rookie Dazawa Kota (23), who came on as a pinch hitter, even hit a two-run home run. Tazawa, the first pick in the draft, is a ‘two-way’ player who combines pitcher and hitter like Ohtani. 바카라
The World Baseball Classic (WBC) official ball is still unfamiliar. Because of the sudden pouring rain, it was difficult for him to throw in normal condition.
Matsui said, “Even if it was my first real game, it was too much. The ball didn’t get caught on my fingers. The top speed was only 143 km/h. Thirteen out of a total of 24 pitches were ruled balls.
Matsui is Rakuten’s only representative player. He pitched in 53 games last year, earned 32 saves (1 win, 3 losses, 7 holds, average ERA of 1.92), and returned to the Pacific League salvation king after 3 years. This is the second title in his career after 2019. He was also the first Pacific League player to make 30 or more saves five times. He posted a career-high 197 saves and 68 holds over his past nine seasons.
Matsui is about to enter the national team camp on the 17th. He competed in the 2015 Premier12 and the 2017 WBC. He was the youngest player in the Japanese national team at the 2017 tournament.