Oakland Athletics Shintaro Fujinami blocked the longest scoreless inning since stepping on the major league stage. The long-awaited good fight left a message of praise even in the field after a long time.
On the 11th (Korean time), Fujinami pitched in relief in the away match against the New York Yankees in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA. , 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and no run.
After the 2022 season, Fujinami, who challenged the major leagues and wore an Oakland uniform, suffered extreme sluggishness from the beginning of the season. He entered the rotation showing promise as a starting pitcher in exhibition games, but since his debut, he has not accumulated a single win in his four starts, recording eight runs in 2⅓ innings. His starting earned run average reached a whopping 14.40.
Oakland coach Mark Katsei converted him to a bullpen pitcher, hoping Fujinami would find confidence in his fastball and improve his control problems. But he was equally sluggish in the bullpen. The only time he didn’t lose a run in the 5 games he started as a bullpen pitcher before the match was the Seattle Mariners match on the 2nd (1 inning, 2 strikeouts).
In particular, his recent appearances were also close to the worst. Fujinami self-destructed on the 6th with 3 walks and 3 runs in ⅓ innings against the Kansas City Royals, and also collapsed with 4 hits and 3 runs in 1⅓ innings against Kansas City on the 8th. However, in the midst of endless sluggishness, I finally saw a ray of light. In the match on the 11th, Fujinami perfectly shut out his longest inning since his debut.
Fujinami took the mound as the third pitcher with two out and first base in the bottom of the 5th inning, where the team trailed 2-11. As the score gap widened, Fujinami showed off his pitching to the fullest. As soon as he took the mound, he had a 4-pitch game with Anthony Rizzo, the first batter, and struck out a swing with a 93.2 mile (about 150 km) splitter and succeeded in ending the long and long 5th inning.
Fujinami was on the mound in the 6th inning as well, and after catching DJ LeMayhew with a fly ball in left field, he gave up a walk to Glaber Torres and was shaken for a moment, but he turned Willie Calhoun and Isaiah Cainer Palepa into a battering ram and scored no runs. And after tying up Kyle Higashioka, Oswald Cabrera, and Anthony Wolf in the 7th inning, he ended the inning with a tripartite, and was replaced before the defense in the bottom of the 8th.스포츠토토
In the meantime, the local relay team also praised Fujinami for a good pitch that was really hard to see. A caster of ‘NBC Sports California’ in the US said, “Fujinami pitched well. With this, he lost 5 batters in a row. He caught 7 out of 8 batters.” The thing is that Fujinami throws the ball with confidence.”
In response, ‘NBC Sports California’ commentator Vreden nodded and said, “I know you can get an out. It’s a matter of rehearsing your weapons until confidence leads to stability.” If we can’t save him, nothing will happen.”