Baltimore Orioles’ Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami (29) was unable to continue his recent upward trend and pitched poorly.
Fujinami took the mound as Baltimore’s second pitcher in an away game against the Houston Astros held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA on the 19th (Korean time) and performed poorly, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs in ⅓ innings. Fujinami, who had been on a streak of no runs in 7 games in September, allowed his first run in 8 games, and his ERA, which had been brought down to the 6-point range (6.90), rose again to the 7-point range (7.22).바카라
In the game against the Tampa Bay Rays the previous day (the 18th), Fujinami recorded 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and no runs in ⅔ innings with a fastball reaching up to 101.5 miles per hour (approximately 163.3 km), contributing to Baltimore’s comeback victory. With Baltimore clinching a postseason berth, Fujinami gets to experience fall baseball in his first year of major league debut. Fujinami, who reached a turning point by moving from the Oakland Athletics, the weakest team in the Major League, to Baltimore through a trade last July, was able to experience the postseason first, something Otani, who was his ‘rival’ in high school, had never experienced in six seasons in the Major League.
But the joy of the previous day was short-lived. Fujinami took the mound following starting pitcher John Means in the 6th inning with Baltimore leading 3-1 against Houston on the 19th. Fujinami got off to a good start by hitting leadoff hitter Jose Abreu with a fly ball to left field after three pitches. However, he was in trouble when he was attacked by a fastball on the 5th pitch against the next batter, Kyle Tucker, with a favorable count of 1-2, giving up a triple.
Fujinami hit two consecutive strikes against Chas McCormick with one out and runners on third base, creating a favorable ball count of 0-2. Fujinami, who was fouled on the 3rd and 4th pitches, threw a 100.3 mile per hour fastball (about 161.4 km) on the 5th pitch as the deciding ball, but was caught in the middle, and McCormick’s strong ball passed through the second baseman and became a timely hit.
Fujinami, who conceded his first goal in September, was more shaken afterward. Fujinami, who allowed McCormick to steal and was in danger with one out and two on base, threw a dizzying wild pitch on the sixth pitch with a ball count of 2-2, a 96.7 mile per hour (about 155.6 km) fastball that narrowly passed over Jeremy Peña’s head. In the end, Fujinami, who was hit by Peña at the right time with one out and runners on third base due to a wild pitch, allowed the score to be tied 3-3 and handed the mound to Jacob Webb. Afterwards, Webb sent in two runners, including the successor runner, and the score widened to 3-5, and Fujinami’s runs increased to 3 points.If the game had ended in Houston’s victory, Fujinami would have been the losing pitcher. However, Baltimore’s batting team tied the score at 5-5 with timely hits from Adley Lutchman and Cedric Mullins in the top of the 7th inning. Afterwards, Houston added one run each in the bottom of the 7th and 8th inning, bringing the score back to 5-7, but Mullins came back with a three-run home run in the top of the 9th, giving Baltimore a thrilling comeback win of 8-7. Baltimore, which recorded its 94th win of the season (56 losses, 0.627 winning percentage) with 3 consecutive wins, widened the gap with the Tampa Bay Rays (92 wins, 59 losses, 0.609 winning percentage), which did not have a game that day, to 2.5 games, taking one step closer to winning the American League East Division.