Veteran pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (35) of the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) has achieved 195 victories in the US and Japan with his first ‘zero strikeout’ record in his debut.
Tanaka took the mound as a starting pitcher in an away game against the Nippon Ham Fighters held at Scorn Field in Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, Japan on the 11th and won his fifth win of the season with 9 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings. With this victory, Tanaka, who recorded his 117th NPB win, added 78 victories in his 7 major league seasons to achieve his 195th win in the US and Japan.온라인카지노
Tanaka, who returned to the Japanese stage from the New York Yankees in 2021, failed to show his reputation with an ERA of 3.01 with an average ERA of 4-9 in the 2021 season and 9-12 with an ERA of 3.31 in the 2022 season. Tanaka, who is recording 5 wins and 5 losses this season, has the lowest ERA (4.43) among 22 NPB pitchers who have filled the required innings.
Tanaka showed the worst pitching of his NPB career with 11 hits, 3 home runs and 9 runs (8 earned) in 4 innings, including 0 innings and 5 runs in 0 innings without getting an out count in the match against the Orix Buffaloes on the 4th, which was the previous pitching. The match on this day (11th) was also not smooth.
Tanaka allowed one hit in the first and second innings, and at the end of the third inning, Yuya Gunji, Ryota Isobata, and Go Matsumoto were hit by three batters in a row and allowed one run first. In the top of the 4th inning, Yukiya Ito’s sacrifice fly, 1 RBI, and Yuya Ogo’s two-run home run in the top of the 5th turned the game around 3-1, lightening Tanaka’s shoulders.
However, Tanaka faltered again at the end of the 5th inning. He seemed to overcome the crisis by sending out lead batter Haruka Yamada for a straight walk and then handling Gunji with a double stroke. However, after giving up a hit to Isobata, he allowed a stolen base and a timely hit to Matsumoto allowed a 3-2 chase. After that, Kotaro Kiyomiya got a hit, and 2 outs, 1st and 3rd bases were in danger of conceding, but Manami Chusei was grounded to finish the inning.
Afterwards, Tanaka, who blocked the 6th and 7th innings with a tripartite offense, became the winning pitcher by maintaining a one-point lead with Tomohiro Sakai and Yuki Matsui. He allowed 9 hits but minimized runs and showed skill by digesting 7 innings with only 85 pitches.
Tanaka did not record a single strikeout in 7 innings that day, but this is the first time he has pitched in 237 NPB games and played a ‘0 strikeout game’. Even during his major league days, there were only two games out of 174 in which Tanaka did not strike out. It is also the first time in the history of the Rakuten team that a starting pitcher pitched 7 or more innings and became a winning pitcher with 0 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, despite his sluggish performance, Tanaka still boasts popularity and was named to the all-star list for the 8th time in his career. Tanaka is expected to spur the conquest of the 200th win in the U.S. and Japan in earnest in the second half of the All-Star game break.