It’s 10 consecutive wins as a starter.
Yokohama Baystars’ left-handed ace Azuma Katsuki (28) recorded his 14th win of the season. On the 14th, he started in a home game against the Chunichi Dragons and allowed 3 runs in 8⅓ innings. He led the team to an 8-3 victory and recorded 10 consecutive wins as a starter. This is their 10th consecutive win since the game against the Rakuten Eagles스포츠토토 on June 1st. For a Yokohama pitcher, this is the first record in 40 years since Kazuhiko Endo in 1983.
He threw 106 pitches against 32 batters with one out in the 9th inning. He struck out 10 while giving up 7 hits. He has a more notable record than strikeouts. He finished the appearance without a walk. He appeared in 21 games this season and took responsibility for 149⅓ innings, with only 14 walks.
Azuma posted three complete games (2 shutouts) this season, all with 4 draws and no walks.
He got off to a good start with a three-way strike in the top of the first inning. He grounded out No. 1 Yuki Okabayashi and No. 2 Orlando Calixte and struck out No. 3 Seiya Hosokawa on a swing.
With one out in the second inning, he gave up the first hit to Dayan Viciedo, but struck out Yohei Oshima and Takuya Kinoshita on a fly ball and a missed swing to right field, respectively.
He surrendered the 3rd and 4th innings on a three-way throw, and gave up his first run in the 5th. He hit a left-field home run off leadoff hitter Viciedo. Viciedo did well to catch the 140 km/h high fastball without missing it. 1-1. Then, to Oshima,
He got all hits, but finished the inning by allowing three batters to hit.
Scored no runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. He also took the mound in the 9th inning with an 8-1 lead. There were only 97 pitches until the 8th inning.
The first batter, No. 3 Hosogawa, was caught with a missed swing. He threw three change-ups in succession, causing three consecutive missed swings. 2 outs until the 4th complete game win. But I couldn’t get over the hurdle.
He hit a double to left field from No. 4 Takuya Ishikawa and a two-run home run from No. 5 Viciedo. Viciedo hit a fastball outside at 144 km/h well. After giving up this home run, he came down from the mound. The three runs came courtesy of Viciedo’s two home runs.
Azuma was strong against Chunichi this season. On April 30th, he pitched a shutout win against Chunichi with 4 outs and no runs, and in the game on July 2nd, he pitched 7 scoreless innings.
1st pick in the 2018 draft. In his debut season, he went 11-5 with a 2.45 earned run average, and was named the Central League rookie.
He became King Nio. With this day’s game, he exceeded the required number of innings (143 innings) in 4 years following his debut season.
As of the 14th, Azuma has 14 wins, 2 losses, an ERA of 2.17, 113 strikeouts, and a winning percentage of 0.875. He ranks first in most wins and winning percentage, third in earned run average, and seventh in strikeouts.