160 km Japanese fireballer who debuted in the big leagues, a fastball that drew more attention than 8 runs

“I should have thrown more fastballs.”

Oakland Athletics Japanese pitcher Shintaro Fujinami (29) started the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA on the 2nd (Korean time).

On this day, Fujinami made a harsh debut with 5 hits, 3 walks, 8 runs and 4 strikeouts in 2⅔ innings. He cruised through the second inning, but collapsed in the third. He couldn’t spread the ball as he wanted, and the ball that was driven in the middle was hit as it was. It is Fujinami who left regret in front of Otani Shohei, who was once a rival.

It is Fujinami who quickly deleted the innings with a three-way offense up안전놀이터 to the second inning. With a fastball that reached 98 miles (157 km), he overwhelmed the opponent’s lineup. He struck out Mike Trout, the leading slugger in the major leagues, and seemed to be making a successful debut by handling a ground ball to Ohtani.

But episode 3 was like a nightmare. He collapsed rapidly after giving up a walk to leadoff hitter Louis Len Hippo. A fast ball of 99.6 miles (160 km) was meaningless as it did not enter the strike zone. Unable to regain a sense of stability, Fujinami was battered by follow-up hitters. He also dedicated 6 points, including allowing a timely hit to Ohtani.

In the end, Fujinami was beaten, and Adam Ohler, who took over the ball, couldn’t put out the urgent fire, and all the runners in charge of Fujinami came home. As Fujinami collapsed, Auckland only gave up 11 points in the third inning. They gave up the game early, and eventually lost 1-13.

After the game, Fujinami looked back on the situation in the third inning. MLB.com, the official MLB homepage, quoted Fujinami as saying, “I threw a lot of breaking balls. I should have thrown more fastballs. I still have to learn the pitch sequence. I will try to be better in the next game.”

The media paid attention to Fujinami’s restraint apart from the content of the game. MLB.com said, ‘The results weren’t ideal, but Fujinami’s talent is on a high level. He recorded the highest speed of 99.6 miles (160 km), and he consistently sprayed 99 mph fastballs, ‘he praised Fujinami.

Angels manager Phil Nevin also praised him, saying, “In spring training, Fujinami couldn’t get his breaking ball into the strike zone. But today he definitely did it. We were able to see Fujinami’s potential in the first two innings.”

Fujinami debuted with the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball and recorded 57 wins, 54 losses and an ERA of 3.41 in 189 games over 10 years. Last winter, he signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with Oakland to advance to the big leagues. Fujinami said, “I’m happy to be on the big league mound, but that’s not enough. I’ll try to do better next time.”

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