Baseball is not simply taking place within the United States proper now. It’s additionally taking place over in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s high baseball league (their MLB equal). And a younger pitcher for the Chiba Lotte Marines simply threw what is likely to be the very best skilled recreation in historical past.
Roki Sasaki, who’s simply 20 years previous, threw an ideal recreation towards the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday, the sixteenth good recreation in NPB historical past and the primary one in 28 years. His dominant efficiency tied the NPB report for probably the most strikeouts in a single recreation with 19, and set the report for consecutive strikeouts with 13. Oh, and he wanted simply 105 pitches to do it, serving up a fastball and a forkball that sailed previous hitters going as much as 102mph.
Here are all 19 of Sasaki’s strikeouts towards the Buffaloes. The first 13 strikeouts all got here in a row.
Sasaki spoke to reporters after the sport, and as all good recreation pitchers do, he praised his catcher, Ko Matsukawa, for guiding the best way along with his recreation calling.
“This is the greatest,” Sasaki mentioned after the sport by way of ESPN. “Honestly, I wasn’t thinking about the possibility [of a perfect game]. I figured it would be OK if I gave up a hit, so I just pitched and put my trust in Matsukawa right until the end.”
Matsukawa, who’s simply 18-years-old and a rookie, additionally had successful and three RBI within the recreation, which earned him much more reward. This time it got here from Marines supervisor Tadahito Iguchi.
“This is not something everyone can go through, so it’s a great experience,” Iguchi instructed reporters by way of ESPN. “I have to give credit to Matsukawa for calling such a great game and doing a solid job with the bat as well. The two of them are quite a battery.”