The Hanshin Tigers, who are trying to win the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years, won a complete victory from the first game. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the ‘best pitcher in Japan’ whom the Orix Buffaloes boast, was hit hard by Hanshin and collapsed with 7 runs.
Hanshin defeated Orix 8-0 in the first game of the 2023 Japan Series (JS, best of 7) held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 28th.
Starting pitcher Shoki Murakami won with 2 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings, and the batting line exploded with 13 long and short hits to take down Yamamoto. The 13 hits are Hanshin’s record for the most by a Japan Series team.
Hanshin, which won the Central League title for the first time in 18 years since 2005 with 85 wins, 53 losses, and 5 draws this year (winning percentage .616), defeated Hiroshima with 4 wins and no losses in the Climax Series final stage and advanced to the Japan Series for the first time in 9 years since 2014. It went up. The victory in the first game increased the possibility of winning the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years since 1985.
It was a tight pitcher’s battle with a score of ‘0’ until the 4th inning. However, Hanshin took the win in the 5th inning with a 4-run big inning. Leadoff hitter Teruaki Sato hit a heavy hit and then succeeded in stealing second base, and Ryo Watanabe scored the first run with a timely hit.
With Seiya Kinami’s single, two outs, and runners on first and second base, Koji Chikamoto hit a two-run triple to the right of center field, followed by Takumu Nakano’s timely hit to left to go up 4-0. Everyone targeted Yamamoto’s fastball.
Continuing the momentum in the 5th inning, Hanshin pulled Yamamoto off the mound with Kinami’s timely hit to left and Seishiro Sakamoto’s RBI double to left with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 3rd. Nakano’s timely hit to the left widened the score to 7-0. Numbers 1 and 2, Chikamoto and Nakano, led the attack with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Kinami, the 8th hitter, also harassed Yamamoto with a surprising performance with 2 hits and 1 RBI.
Yamamoto suffered a loss after going 5⅔ innings, allowing 10 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, and 7 runs. The 7 runs allowed were a major embarrassment in the Japan Series, tying the record for the most in a single game. Yamamoto said, “I am very disappointed that we lost an important game. “As my goal is to win the Japan Series, I want to prepare and throw again,” he said, pledging to get revenge in the next game.토토사이트
Although the first game unexpectedly ended in a one-sided victory for Hanshin, the power of Orix, which has advanced to the Japan Series for three consecutive years, cannot be ignored. Last year, Orix also achieved a comeback win against Yakult Swallows from 2 losses and 1 draw to 4 consecutive wins. Game 2 of the Japan Series continues at the same location on the 29th.