Trevor Bauer of the Yokohama DeNA Baystars of the Nippon Professional Baseball showed off his best pitching this season.
Bauer took the mound as a starting pitcher in the match against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp held at Matsuda Stadium in Hiroshima, Japan on the 3rd, and threw a scoreless pitch through the 10th inning.
He allowed just four hits, and never allowed a second base through the ninth inning. He struck out five and scored 100 strikeouts on the season. As a foreign pitcher in Yokohama, he recorded 100 strikeouts in the third season after Domingo Guzman (123 strikeouts) in 2003 and Joe Willand (112 strikeouts) in 2017.
However, the Yokohama lineup also failed to score a single point until the 10th inning, and recorded a 0-0 draw in the 12th inning of extra time.
In the first inning, the lead batter was sent out with a right-handed hit. With a ground ball from the second baseman, one company became first base, and then the runner on first base tried to steal second base and was out. Shortstop infield hit by Shogo Akiyama, but fourth batter Takishi Umemoto struck out on a swing.
In the second inning, after one out, a runner was sent out with a ball that hit the body, but Yutaro Hatsuki ended the inning with a shortstop grounder double hit.
Bauer showed an overwhelming pitch of a three-letter offense in four consecutive innings from the 3rd to the 6th. In the 7th inning, Noma Takayoshi, the lead batter, walked. He threw a 154km fastball against Akiyama, eliminated the runner with a pitcher’s grounder double hit, and ended the inning with a strikeout on a swing after two outs.
In the 8th inning, lead batter Shogo Sakakura got a right-handed hit. First hit since the first inning. After getting an out count with a foul fly by the third baseman, Hatsuki continued to score no runs with a shortstop grounder double hit again.
The ninth inning ended with a triple-trial. Bauer threw 110 pitches until the ninth inning and blocked it with no runs, but the Yokohama batting line was also scoreless until the ninth inning. Hiroshima starting pitcher Hiroki Tokoda also fought back with 5 hits, 3 strikeouts and no runs in 9 innings.
In the 10th inning, Bauer was on the mound again. After one out, Akiyama allowed a left-handed hit, and Uemoto made a sacrifice bunt with two out and second base. On this day, he allowed second base for the first time in the game. Sakakura, who was hit in the 8th inning, was deliberately sent out on the 4th pitch and became 2nd, 1st and 2nd base.
In the crisis of finishing, he prevented the crisis with a 154 km fastball from 3 ball against Kosuke Tanaka and a 153 km fastball on the 123rd pitch with a floating ball to left field.
Sponichi Annex, a Japanese media outlet, said, “(Preventing a crisis with 2 out 1st and 2nd base in the 10th inning overtime) Bauer returned to the bench with both hands raised while receiving applause and cheers from the enemy area. Manager Miura reached out his right fist and touched each other with his hands.” told 메이저사이트
The ball was passed to the bullpen in the 11th inning, and Yokohama and Hiroshima drew 0-0 without scoring until the 12th inning.
The Japanese media commented, “Bauer allowed 2 hits in the 1st inning, but after that, he showed 19 consecutive outs, including 2 double plays, until he was hit by the lead batter in the 8th inning.”
Bauer recorded 7 wins, 3 losses and 100 strikeouts in 14 games this season, bringing his ERA down to 2.95 thanks to his scoreless pitches that day. He is tied for fifth in wins, seventh in earned run average, and tied for second in strikeouts.