Sasaki misses out on All-Star Game fastball record…tops out at 161km, finishes first inning scoreless

Loki Sasaki (Chiba Rodeo Marines) hit 161 km/h at the All-Star Game. He failed to break the All-Star Game fastball record.

Sasaki pitched one inning of one-hit ball with two strikeouts and one walk against the Central League as the Pacific League starter in Game 1 of the Nippon Professional Baseball 2023 All-Star Game at the Banterrin Dome in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on 19 September.

The Pacific League All-Stars were able to harass Central League starter Shoki Murakami in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back singles by Ko Matsumoto and Yuki Yanakita opened the scoring, and after Takeya Nakamura struck out, Ryoya Kurihara and Yuma Tongu followed with back-to-back RBI singles for a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Sasaki struck out Takumu Takano and Shogo Akiyama before giving way to Sheldon Neuig. He fired a 161km/h fastball, but it was lined out to centre field. However, he got Yusuke Oyama to ground out in front of the third baseman to end the inning.온라인바카라

In the bottom of the second inning, Sasaki went down. Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Orix Buffaloes took over the baton.

Sasaki topped out at 162 km/h in last season’s All-Star Game. He tied the All-Star Game fastball record with Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) in 2014. He was hoping to break the record this season, but was unable to do so.

In 12 appearances this season, Sasaki has been the Chiba Rode ace with a record of 7-2, 79 innings pitched, 14 runs (13 earned) allowed, 17 walks, 121 strikeouts, a 1.48 ERA, and a 0.70 WHIP. He leads the league in ERA, strikeouts, and is tied for third in wins.

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