The Hanshin Tigers, who are trying to win the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years, suffered a come-from-behind defeat due to a difficult finish. Suguru Iwasaki (32, Hanshin) allowed the first home run in his 50th appearance of the season. Even two rooms.메이저놀이터
Hanshin lost 2-3 in the match against Yokohama DeNA Baystars held at Koshien Stadium in Japan on the 29th.
The tight pitching battle at 0-0 continued until the 7th inning. Hanshin took a 2-0 lead at the end of the 8th inning with 2 out on 2nd base and 3 hits in a row.
In the top of the ninth inning, closer Iwasaki got on the mound. He hit base hitter Tatsuo Ebina, who came out as the lead hitter, with a heavy hit on two strikes to get him on base.
He threw a 144km high fastball to Keita Sano, and allowed a two-run home run that went slightly over the right wall. It was the first home run of the season. The streak of 23 consecutive games that lasted for more than two months from June 28 was broken.
After allowing the score to be tied 2-2, Iwasaki threw a 130km changeup on the 3rd pitch in a 1-ball-1 strike against Maki Shugo and hit a back-to-back home run that went over the left wall. When the score turned 2-3, the pitcher was changed.
Iwasaki bowed his head with 3 hits, 2 home runs and 3 runs without catching a single out count. In the bottom of the 9th inning, with 2nd out, 1st and 3rd bases tied, Hanshin lost the game with a shortstop grounder.
The Japanese media said, “Hanshin’s winning magic number has disappeared at Koshien, the home base he returned to in about a month.” With this defeat, Hanshin, who is in first place in the Central League, has narrowed the number of games with second place Hiroshima from seven to six.
After the game, Iwasaki said, “It was a pity. It was all strikes,” he said briefly. Iwasaki had an average ERA of 0.77 before the game. With two home runs, his ERA soared to 1.34.
Although he became the losing pitcher that day, Iwasaki recorded 3 wins, 2 losses, 12 holds and 26 saves in 50 games this season, contributing to Hanshin’s run for first place.
Coach Hanshin Okada said, “That kind of thing happens.” “In August, so far, 18 wins and 6 losses. The club’s monthly record for most wins (19 wins) has been delayed, but it has already surpassed last season’s number of wins and is only steadily advancing one step at a time. There is no need to change anything,” he sent his faith in the finish.
Iwasaki made his professional debut at Hanshin in 2014, and obtained FA status last year and signed a four-year, 800 million yen (approximately 7.2 billion won) contract. Last year, Iwasaki participated in 57 games and was active with 1 win, 6 losses, 11 holds, 28 saves, and an ERA of 1.96. Suarez, who played an active part at the end of the 2021 season, filled the bullpen gap created by advancing to Major League Baseball San Diego.