Hanwha Eagles second-year right-hander Moon Dong-ju (20) threw 73 pitches until the seventh inning against the Changwon NC Dinos on 먹튀검증 the 24th. His fastball, changeup, and breaking ball were all perfect. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out seven. Moon Dong-joo, who managed his pitches well, took the mound in the eighth inning.
He retired Do Tae-hoon, Park Seok-min and Kim Ha-byul in order from 6-8. On 17 pitches, he got a grounder to first base, a fly to left field, and a grounder to third base to end the inning with a 7-0 lead. He could have gone for a complete game shutout, but the Hanwha bench cut him off.
Moon Dong-ju threw 90 pitches, a career-high. His previous career high was 101 pitches against the Doosan Bears on 7 June.
On the same day, Kiwoom Heroes’ foreign pitcher Ariel Furado (27) took the mound against Doosan and pitched a complete game with one out. Leading 4-1 in the top of the ninth, he induced Jose Rojas to hit a grounder to shortstop with runners on second and third, but the ball was misplayed. The Heroes bench immediately brought in closer Chang-min Lim to put out the fire.
Hurado went 8⅔ innings, throwing 116 pitches, allowing seven hits, one walk, two strikeouts and two runs (one earned).
He has thrown just one complete game in the KBO this year. SSG Landers’ Oh Won-seok tossed a seven-inning, one-run complete game against the Lotte Giants on 4 April. The game ended in a rain delay in the seventh inning, so it can’t be considered a complete game. There were six complete games last year, 13 in 2021 and 10 in 2020.
Nippon Professional Baseball is a ‘pitcher”s kingdom’. Throwing a complete game is relatively common.
The Yokohama BayStars’ bullpen was shut down and rested for two consecutive days on the 23rd and 24th, with left-handers Shota Imanaga (30) and Atsuki Azuma (28) throwing complete games against the championship-contending Hanshin Tigers.
Azuma, a sixth-year pro, started on the 24th and pitched nine innings of five-hit shutout ball without walking a batter. He faced 31 batters and threw 116 pitches, striking out nine.
It was her second complete game of the season. Behind Azuma’s performance, Yokohama won 2-0. They closed the gap on first-place Hanshin to 0.5 games.
Ace Imanaga pitched nine innings of six-hit, one-run ball on the 23rd. Imanaga, who threw eight scoreless innings on 106 pitches, gave up a run-scoring single to Hanshin’s No. 4 hitter, Yusuke Oyama, in the top of the ninth.
He threw 126 pitches, his most in a game this season. It was his second complete game victory of the year, coming against the Rakuten Eagles in an interleague game on 30 May.
Through 24 days, there have been a total of 35 complete games and 18 shutouts in both leagues of Nippon Professional Baseball. Pitchers from 11 of the 12 clubs, excluding the Rakuten Eagles, have thrown a complete game.
Hanshin, which leads the Central League in team ERA, had the most. Five pitchers threw six complete games and three shutouts.
sacks. Orix Buffaloes left-hander Hiroya Miyagi (22), a former member of Japan’s World Baseball Classic (WBC) team, tossed two complete games, tied with Yokohama’s Azuma.
It’s a dream come true for KBO managers struggling with bullpens