Japanese professional baseball Hanshin Tigers pitcher Murakami Shoki (24) set a tie record with 31 consecutive scoreless innings after the opening.
Murakami pitched as a starting pitcher in the match against Yakult held at Koshien Stadium on the 9th. After the opening, Murakami pitched 25 scoreless innings in 4 games.
He pitched 84 pitches and was replaced in his first appearance with the bullpen, 1 scoreless inning and 7 perfect innings against Yomiuri on April 12. On April 22, against Chunichi, he recorded his first professional win with 2 hits, 10 strikeouts, and a complete walkout. On April 29, against Yakult, he recorded his second win of the season with 2 hits, 7 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings.
He started off with a three-way strike against Yakult, which he met again after 10 days. He was hit by two hits in a row and was driven to the 1st and 2nd bases safely, but escaped the crisis with a strikeout and two foul flies by the catcher. He ended with three or four consecutive triplets, and also blocked the fifth without conceding.
In the 6th inning, with 2 out and 1 base, he faced Munetaka Murakami, the home run king of last year. In the ball count 1B-2S, he struck out a swing with a low outside fastball. He blocked the scoreless. 31 consecutive scoreless innings since opening. It is the Japanese record of 31 consecutive scoreless innings and tied by Etsuo Nakai in 1963. After the game, Murakami said, “It’s not my strength alone. My catcher and fielder colleagues protected me today, and I think it’s thanks to that.”
Murakami, who was aiming for a new record, allowed a solo home run to leadoff batter Santana in the 7th inning and conceded a run. In the ball count 2B-2S, the fastball was driven to the middle, and a home run that went over the wall in the middle left was hit. “It was a mismatch. The first goal was a precious game, but I allowed it to the opponent first,” he regretted.
Murakami finished the game with 5 hits, 8 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings (103 pitches). ’31 scoreless innings’ tied the Japanese record, but Hanshin failed to score a run and lost 0-1, making Murakami the losing pitcher.
Murakami recorded a one-run loss on the day, and his season record was 2 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 0.28 in 5 games. It is the 1st place in average ERA in both major leagues, which is lower than the Pacific League ERA No. 1, Sasaki Rocky (Chiba Lotte, average ERA 0.84).안전놀이터
Sasaki recorded 20 consecutive scoreless innings in three games from the opening game of this season, but his record was stopped on April 28 when he gave up one run against Orix.
Murakami joined Hanshin with the fifth pick in the 2020 draft. He made his debut in 2021, where he pitched in two games, lost one, and had a 16.88 earned run average. He did not throw a single game in the first team last year, but the average earned run average and win rate were ranked first in the Western League (second team).