Roki Sasaki’s perfect game has been a long time coming, the first in a Japanese major since 1994. But the wait was well worth it. Sasaki killed 19 of the 27 men he saw on his face, completing what would have been described as one of the greatest games ever.
Chiba Lottie Marin’s 6-0 victory over the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday not only broke the Japanese record in a perfect game, but it went much further than Matt Cain of the Giants’ Major League Mark 14 in 2012. And Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers in 1965.
Sasaki, 20, struck out the third inning he faced in the first inning, then outscored the team in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. 13 consecutive strikeouts is a Japanese baseball record. The equivalent Major League Baseball record for any game is 10 and is shared by Tom Saver, Aaron Nola and Corbin Burns.
It was the first full game of Sasaki’s young career, and with that, he needed only 105 pitches for the most strikeouts.
“Today the big thing was moving in the count, being able to throw strikes,” Sasaki told Kyiv News. “Now I want to do my best to have a good pitch next time.”
He shot Masataka Yoshida, who is the Buffalo’s appointed hitter, three times. Yoshida was hit only 26 times last season, the lowest total for regular players. “I was totally killed,” he told Aashi Shimbun. “There was no point of contact.”
Of course, the youngster benefited from a wise old hand in catching Sasaki. must not. His backstop, Ko Matsukawa, is just 18.
Major League Baseball has one shortage of its own game, though not nearly as long as Sasaki before Japan’s 28-year drought. From 1998 to 2012, the Majors had nine perfect games, but none since.
Of course, the stickers point out that Sasaki’s game could be better: today people actually skipped out.
University of North Texas softball pitcher Hoop Tratt Wenn fan 21 of 21 in a NCAA game last year.
And in 1952, Ron Necciai struck out 27 batters in nine innings in the Class D Minor League against the Welch Mines for the Bristol Twins. He also had a 24-strikeout game in the minors, but rotator cuff issues limited him to one of the major league sports teams.
Last year, as a teenager, Sasaki made his first start in the Japanese Major in 16 games with a 4-2 record and 1.84 ERA. This and his 100 miles an hour have attracted fastball American scouts, but it is possible for some time until he suits in the MLB.
Due to an agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball, Japanese players who have signed with a club there will not access free agency unless they have nine years of professional service. Previously, players were subject to both complex posting systems, as well as a series of restrictions and built-in fees, as well as an international bonus pool, which limited the amount that teams could spend on players originating outside the United States. Can be He is 25 and has played professional baseball for six years.
Sasaki, in his second pro year, will have to wait.