The 42-year-old veteran, a 21-year professional, gave the team a valuable win.
Softbank Hawks left-handed pitcher Suyoshi Wada recorded his 8th win in his final appearance of the season. He started as a starter against the Rakuten Eagles held at Fukuoka Dome on the 3rd and recorded 3 hits and no runs in 5⅓ innings. It was a good pitch that led to the team’s 7-3 victory. He faced 21 batters with 79 pitches, gave up 2 walks and struck out 6.
After winning 7 games against Chiba Lotte Marines on September 25, they ended the season with 2 consecutive wins. In the game against Chiba Lotte, he allowed 1 run in 5 innings.
Until two days ago, Softbank and Rakuten were tied for second place. A fierce competition for rankings continues at the end of the season. In the game on the 2nd, they won 6-0 and pushed Rakuten to 4th place. With the win that day, the gap with Rakuten was widened to two games. On this day, the gap between them and 3rd place Chiba Lotte, who lost to Seibu Lions, became 1.5 games. Softbank has 2 games left, Rakuten has 3 games left, and Chiba Lotte has 4 games left.
The best veteran played his part in a match against a ranked team.
In 20 games this season, he has 8 wins and 6 losses, with an ERA of 3.16. His 2003 debut with the Diehards (predecessor of Softbank) earned him his 158th career win. This is the 8th win in 3 years since 2020. They recorded 5 wins (6 losses) in 2021 and 7 wins (4 losses) in 2022.
In the top of the first inning, 3 outs were recorded with 11 pitches. No. 1 Hiroto Kobukata was struck out with a missed swing, No. 2 Itsuki Murabayashi was hit by a pitcher’s grounder, and No. 3 Hiroaki Shimauchi was treated with a foul fly by the third baseman. In the top of the second inning, leadoff hitter No. 4 Hideto Asamura was sent out on a walk. He then set up three batters with consecutive hits. No. 5 Takero Okajima was treated with a fly ball to left field, No. 6 Ryosuke Tatsumi was treated with a fly ball to center field, and No. 7 Yukiya Ito was treated with a fly ball to first base.
The top of the 3rd inning was blocked by a three-way strike, and they were in danger of giving up a run in the top of the 4th inning. He walked No. 3 Shimauchi and sent out No. 5 Okajima with a single to left, with two outs and runners on first and second base. The next batter, Tatsumi, was treated with a fly ball to second base and the inning ended.메이저사이트
He struck out three batters in a row in the top of the 5th inning and returned to the mound in the 6th. He gave up consecutive hits to No. 2 Murabayashi and No. 3 Shimauchi and was replaced at first and second base with one out.
In an interview with Japanese media, Wada said, “I gave it my all from the first episode to the last.”
The batting lineup also gave strength to Wada’s left arm.
In the bottom of the first inning, No. 3 Yuki Yanagita hit a timely hit with 1 RBI, and No. 6 Tatsuru Yanagimachi hit a timely double with 2 RBIs. Scored 3 runs with 3 hits and 1 walk. In the bottom of the 8th inning with a 3-1 lead, he added 4 runs with 4 hits and 2 walks.