8 scoreless innings, 12 consecutive wins as a starter.
Yokohama Baystars’ left-handed ace Katsuki Azuma (27) recorded his 16th win in his 23rd game of the season. Central League and Pacific League, the most wins in both leagues. He even beat Orix Buffaloes’ ‘monster pitcher’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25). Yamamoto recorded his 15th win against the Seibu Lions on the 24th. Azuma has 2 losses and Yamamoto has 6 losses.
Yomiuri Giants game held at Yokohama Stadium on the 26th. They overwhelmed the Yomiuri batting lineup, which ranked first in batting in both leagues. Until the 8th inning, they gave up 5 hits and allowed no runs. He faced 30 batters with 102 pitches, walked one and struck out six. Azuma suffered two losses against Yomiuri this season.
They have been undefeated since the game against the Rakuten Eagles on June 1, and have won 12 games in a row as a starter. 3rd place Yokohama defeated 4th place Yomiuri 1-0 to extend their lead to 4 games. They won 1-0 against Yomiuri for the second day in a row.
In an instant, he caught three batters in the first inning. He struck out No. 1 Hisayoshi Jono with a missed swing, No. 2 Makoto Kadowaki with a grounder to second base, and No. 3 Hayato Samamoto with a ground ball to third base.
They were in danger of giving up a run after catching No. 4 Kazuma Okamoto in the second inning with a fly ball to center field. No. 5 Takumi Oshiro was sent out on a walk after a full count game. The 6th pitch, a cut fastball, hit left-handed hitter Oshiro outside and low.레고토토
Azuma blocked the Yomiuri batting line with 5 hits and no runs in 8 innings. Sports Nippon Headquarters Partnership
I fell into the course slightly. He had a right-handed hit to No. 6 Hiroaki Yuto and a left-field hit to No. 7 Lewis Brinson.
With bases loaded and one out, No. 8 Naoki Yoshikawa and No. 9 Iori Yamasaki were struck out and the lights out. Yoshikawa’s bat split the air with a fastball outside at 145 km/h. He struck out Yamasaki while looking with a 148 km/h fast ball outside the strike zone.
There was a runner in scoring position in the third inning as well. With one out, Kadowaki No. 2 and Sakamoto No. 3 were sent out with hits. The crisis with 1 out and 1st and 2nd bases ended smoothly. No. 4 Okamoto and No. 5 Oshiro were blocked with a fly ball to shortstop and a fly ball to left field.
After that, we went to the 7th inning without any crisis. The 4th, 5th, and 7th innings ended with a three-way loss. After giving up a single to leadoff batter No. 9 Yamasaki in the 5th inning, the inning ended with three batters.
95 pitches until the 7th inning.
In the 8th inning, Yomiuri batters 1-3 were blocked with 7 pitches. Jono, Kadowaki, and Sakamoto were blocked with a ground ball to third base, a ground ball to second base, and a fly ball to center field.
Yokohama scored the first run in the bottom of the third inning with Daishi Ota’s timely hit. This score became the final point.
In 23 games, he had 16 wins and 2 losses, an ERA of 2.03, and a winning percentage of .889. Azuma has the most wins and is ranked 1st in winning percentage in the Central League. He pitched 164⅓ innings, giving up only 15 walks.