Carter Stewart Wins First Japanese Game

Japan has been playing exhibition games in front of no fans. In one of those games the Softbank Hawks beat the Chibba Lotte Marines 4-2. The starting pitcher for the Hawks was Carter Stewart. He was a first round pick of the Braves in the 2018 draft but did not sign because of a contract dispute.

Stewart signed a contract last year with the Hawks for six years and an estimated $7 million. Last year he played in the Japanese minor leagues. This year he hopes to pitch for the Hawks major league team. He got off to a good start, pitching five innings and allowing just one run. He did have issues finding the plate, walking five batters. He also struck out five. Brandon Laird was responsible for scoring the only run off Stewart with a homerun.

Three of the walks Stewart issued in the first inning to load the bases. He got out of the inning with a strikeout on a 95 mile per hour fastball. The manager did comment, according to the Japan Times, that Stewart could see some time with the Hawks if injuries depleted the Hawks starting rotation.

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