He waited in the bullpen for the first time as a professional, but was not called to pitch. Chiba Lotte Marines’ ‘monster pitcher’ Loki Sasaki (22) has ended the fall baseball season. He returned from injury to pitch three innings in the first stage of the Climax Series. He did not play a role as a key pitcher.
Chiba Lotte lost 2 to 3 in the 4th game of the final stage against Orix Buffaloes held at Osaka Dome on the 21st. A two-run home run hit by Tomoya Mori, the opposing third batter in the bottom of the first inning, became a fatal hit.
In the top of the 8th inning, when the game was tied 0-3, Kyota Fujiwara hit a 1-run home run, and in the top of the 9th, the 4th batter, Gregory Polanco, went out as the leadoff hitter and hit a 1-run home run. We caught up by 1 point, but that was it.
Orix recorded 4 wins and 1 loss, including 1 win at the first place advantage in the Pacific League, and advanced to the Japan Series. They succeeded in winning the league title for three consecutive years and advancing to the Japan Series for three consecutive years. The ‘Kansai Derby’ between the Central League Hanshin Tigers was concluded.
Orix moved from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture to Osaka, and Hanshin’s home is Koshien Stadium, located in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, bordering Osaka. This is the first time the two teams meet in the Japan Series.
Orix, which defeated Yakult Swallows last year to lift the Japan Series championship trophy for the first time in 26 years, is aiming to win for the second consecutive year. ‘Super Ace’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25) will be the starter in the first game. Hanshin is looking at the top 38 years after winning its first and only championship in 1985.
Game 4 of the final stage on the 21st with Chiba Lotte tied with 1 win and 3 losses. Sasaki watched the game from the bullpen. Sasaki, who joined in 2020 and debuted in 2021, pitched only as a starting pitcher for three seasons. He has never pitched in relief.
Sasaki said, “I thought an opportunity would come as the game continued to be tight.” But director Masato Yoshii had other ideas. He said, “I had no intention of putting him in the game. I put him on the bench to let him feel the weight of the postseason and the atmosphere of the bullpen.”
Atsuki Taneichi, who started this day, was also returning from injury. He appeared on the mound for the first time in about 20 days, allowing 2 runs in 3 innings and leaving the mound.
Sasaki recorded 3 scoreless innings in the first game of the First Stage against 3rd place Softbank Hawks held on the 14th. He was substituted after throwing 41 pitches as a starter. If fall baseball had lasted longer, additional pitches would have been made, but they were canceled.
Dragon Head Sami (龍頭蛇尾). Sasaki was like that this season.
Sasaki, who played for the Japanese national team in the WBC (World Baseball Classic) and entered the regular season, performed brilliantly in the first half of the season. He pitched in 4 games last April, won 3, and had an earned run average of 1.00.
He injured his side in the first game of the second half of the season. He underwent treatment for his injury and returned to action in September. Including this game, he only appeared in three games in the second half. At the end of the season, when competition for rankings was fierce, he was infected with the coronavirus ahead of his starting pitch and was canceled.굿모닝토토 주소
In 15 games, he went 7-4, with an ERA of 1.78. He said, “It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t help the team in the second half.”
Sasaki was first in ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage through the first half of the season. However, he ended the season again this year due to problems with his durability.