Couldn’t get 1 out count… 3 hits and no runs until the 6th inning → 4 hits and 5 runs in the 7th inning, Tanaka’s ERA of 4.82 with 197 wins between the U.S. and Japan is ‘last place’

  • September 10, 2023

They pitched well until the 6th inning without giving up a run, but quickly collapsed in the 7th.

Rakuten Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (35), who is looking for his 200th win in the U.S. and Japan, failed to add a win for the second game. On the 9th, in an away game against Softbank Hawks in Fukuoka, he allowed 7 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings, recording his 9th loss of the season.

Tanaka was strong at Softbank this season. On August 26th, he pitched well against Softbank, allowing 1 run in 7 innings, and earned his 7th win. Before today’s game, they had won 3 out of 4 games.

This good trend continued until the 6th episode. Effectively targeted Softbank’s batting lineup, the second-highest batting team in the Pacific League.

The 1st and 2nd innings were dealt with in consecutive three-way failures, signaling a refreshing start. In the bottom of the first inning, No. 1 Shuto Ukio, No. 2 Masaki Mimori, and No. 3 Yuki Yanakita were hit with ground balls to second base. The first inning ended with 12 pitches.

Then, in the bottom of the second inning, No. 5 Gensuke Gond, No. 5 Akira Nakamura, and No. 6 Kenta Imamiya were hit with a ground ball to first base, a fly ball to center field, and a ground ball to third base, respectively.

In the bottom of the third inning, he struck out Nos. 7 and 8 Tatsuru Yanagimachi and No. 8 Tomoya Inoue in succession. After giving up the first hit to number 9 Guy Takuya, he struck out number 1 Shuto with a swing.

Starting with the first batter in the bottom of the first inning, he hit 8 batters in a row and struck out all 3 outs in the 3rd inning.스포츠토토

Tanaka, who went through the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings without giving up a run, was unable to get over the hurdle in the bottom of the 7th inning when he was ahead 2-0.

Softbank’s strong central batting line gave strength. Leadoff hitter No. 3 Yanagita hit a double to left field, and No. 4 Kondo hit a middle-of-the-field double. Yanagita and Kondo are ranked 2nd and 3rd in batting in the Pacific League.

Then, No. 5 Nakamura drew a walk and loaded the bases with no outs. Number 6 Imamiya brought in two runners with a double to left field. The score is tied 2-2.

2nd and 3rd bases continued with no outs. No. 7 Yanagimachi turned the game around with a timely hit to the left. Rakuten Bench could no longer be patient.

It was a nightmarish bottom of the 7th inning. He pitched well until the 6th inning with 3 hits and no runs, but was unable to get one out in the 7th inning and gave up 5 runs while hitting 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Rakuten lost 2-7.

The average ERA soared from 4.69 to 4.82. They are last in this category in the Pacific League. Among the 11 players who filled the regulation innings, Tanaka was the only one with 4 points.

Tanaka won 119 games with Rakuten and 78 games with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He has a total of 197 wins.

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