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Roki Sasaki, Japanese phenom, strikes out 19 in perfect game



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Main league groups must be drooling on the potential of Roki Sasaki.

The 20-year-old right-hander was already on their radar, and now he added another excuse for MLB groups to need the potential future ace.

Sasaki tied a Nippon Skilled Baseball report with 19 strikeouts in an ideal recreation on Sunday in main the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 6-0 victory over the Orix Buffaloes — the primary excellent recreation in NPB historical past since Might 18, 1994, and the sixteenth the league has ever seen.

“That is the best,” Sasaki advised reporters after his masterpiece. “Actually, I wasn’t serious about the likelihood [of a perfect game]. I figured it might be OK if I gave up successful, so I simply pitched and put my belief in [catcher Ko] Matsukawa proper till the top.”

Sasaki’s fastball reached 100 mph and he fanned 13 straight hitters in a single dazzling stretch. That’s a Japanese report, the Kyodo Information reported. Most impressively, he wanted solely 105 pitches to go the gap.

“We had been all on edge on the bench, however so had been the blokes within the discipline,” Marines supervisor Tadahito Iguchi stated. “This isn’t one thing everybody can undergo, so it’s an awesome expertise. I’ve to offer credit score to Matsukawa for calling such an awesome recreation and doing a strong job with the bat as effectively. The 2 of them are fairly a battery.”

A yr in the past, Sasaki notched a 1.84 ERA, struck out 84 hitters and walked 19 in 16 outings.