25 May 2024

‘A milestone in 88 years’ Giant 24-year-old ace achieves a milestone of no-hitter against the winning team… “I want to give my parents a commemorative slogan for victory.”

By pestfood.com

Japanese baseball Yomiuri Giants ace Shosei Dogo (24) achieved his first no-hitter.

Dogo pitched as a starting pitcher against the Hanshin Tigers at Nishinomiya Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture on the 24th, throwing 123 pitches in nine innings, achieving five strikeouts, no hit and no run.

The Yomiuri Giants won the game 1-0. With one out in the fifth inning, the Yomiuri Giants stole second base after Rui Okoe got on base with a hit to the left, and Yuta Izuguchi’s timely hit scored the only run of the day.

Dogo only sent out three runners on the day, one walk and two errors. He ended the first inning with three fly balls to the center field. He also ended the second inning with three fly balls. He handled the balls with a fly to the first baseman, a fly to the left fielder and a foul fly to the third baseman, respectively.

With two outs in the third inning, Dogo caught a ground ball and sent a runner to the first base. He hit a fly ball to right field to end the inning. He sent the first batter to the first base due to an error by the first baseman in the fifth inning. He caught an out by hitting a fly ball to the shortstop and a double play to the third baseman to end the inning.

Dogo, who ended the seventh and eighth innings with three outs, walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning. His sacrifice bunt put the batter at the second base with one out. Dogo caught Koji Chikamoto with a straight hit to the first baseman, struck out Nakano Takumu with a fork ball and swung.

Dogo’s no-hitter is the 89th (101st) record in the history of Japanese baseball. This is the first record for a Yomiuri pitcher in six years since Shun Yamaguchi against Chunichi on July 27, 2018. It is the first time in 88 years that a pitcher has achieved a no-hitter in Koshien since Eiji Sawamura on September 25, 1936.

“I’m finally relaxed, so it’s the best,” Dogo said after the game. “I was conscious when the sixth inning ended. I was thinking I had nine more to go, and I thought ‘can I really do it?’ after the eighth inning. It was really the best.”

It was a 1-0 victory. “I was a little nervous when the first batter walked in the ninth inning because it was a one-run game. It was nice to be able to calm myself down and control myself somehow,” Dogo said.

None of the coaching staff or colleagues mentioned “no-hitter” during the game. “I thought it would be a record because no one told me. I was even more nervous because Sugiuchi didn’t come to see me after the seventh inning, but I’m glad that I was able to achieve it,” Dogo said.

It was his first no-hitter since his professional debut. When asked if it was his first time playing baseball, Dogo said, “I don’t remember it,” and rejoiced over his first no-hitter. “I want to give the ball to my parents.” 스포츠토토

Dogo has been a Yomiuri ace for two consecutive years, winning 12 games in 2022 and 2023. He is 4-2 with a 1.84 ERA and 52 strikeouts in nine games this season.