Japanese major leaguers Senga Kodai (30, New York Mets) and Fujinami Shintaro (29, Oakland Athletics) threw a challenge in the major leagues this season. The two were split in joy in the second appearance.
On the 9th (Korean time), Senga started against the Miami Marlins in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, USA.
In his major league debut (against Miami on the 3rd), Senga won his big league debut with 3 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts and 1 run in 5⅓ innings. He also showed strong pitching in his second appearance.
Senga faltered early in the game. He was hit by two hits after a run in the first inning, but faced a crisis with one out and 1st and 2nd base, but he handled the follow-up batter well and did not concede. Afterwards, Senga’s main weapon, ‘Ghost Pokeball’, danced. In the beginning of the second inning, he struck out all three batters and continued pitching with a sense of stability.안전놀이터
In the top of the 6th inning, when the last team was leading 3-0, Jazz Chizom Jr., the lead hitter, hit a solo shot that went over the right wall, but no more runs were conceded. His final performance was 6 innings, 3 hits (1 home run), 3 walks, 6 strikeouts and 1 run, giving the team a foothold in a 5-2 victory. Personally, this is my second win of the season.
Another Japanese major leaguer, Fujinami, accepted the opposite result. On the 9th, he started at the Tampa Bay Race held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Fujinami struggled with 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 8 runs in 2⅓ innings against the Los Angeles Angels on the 2nd, his debut match, and became a losing pitcher. On this day, he endured well at the beginning of the game, but could not overcome the momentary crisis and could not fill the 5th inning.
The first run was in the bottom of the 4th inning. Fujinami gave Isaac Paredes a timely 2 RBI hit from 2nd, 2nd and 3rd bases, which were created by walks and hits, and gave the lead to 0-2. At the end of the 5th inning, he was caught in the ninth pitch. He allowed 3 out of 4 pitches and faced a bases loaded crisis with 1 out. After that, Randy Arosarena allowed 2 RBIs on time to make it 0-4. Eventually, Fujinami came down the mound. Fujinami’s runs increased as Sam Moll, who came to the mound later, gave up an extra point.
Fujinami’s final score was 4⅓ innings, 3 hits, 4 walks, 1 strikeout and 5 runs. He was shaken by anxiety even at the highest speed of 99.3 miles (about 159.8 km). The team also lost 0-11, recording their second loss of the season.
Japanese pitcher Sengawa Fujinami took the mound side by side on the same day. The two finished their second appearance of the season by accepting different report cards of 2 wins and 2 losses of the season.