Pitching Matchup for the Ages in the NPB

Myworld was fortunate to be in Sendai when Masahiro Tanaka had his 23 (or somewhere around there) win streak being challenged by the young 19 year old Shohei Ohtani. Tanaka prevailed but he was trailing early in the game.

It did not have the same historical significance and myworld was not there to witness the performance but undefeated Tomoyuki Sugano (10-0, 1.44) of the Yomiuri Giants was pitching against the Chunichi Dragons Yudai Ohno (5-4, 2.31) who had pitched five complete games in a row. Both pitchers were 1/2 in the ERA race in the Central Division.

Ohno went on to pitch his sixth complete game in a row, but gave up two runs. Sugano was a bit better, pitching shutout ball for seven innings. He was pinch hit for in the eighth and it led to one more run to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. The bullpen nailed down the last two innings, with Rubby de la Rosa earning his 10th save in the 2-0 win.

It was not the only stellar pitching performance in the NPB on Tuesday. Kodai Senga (6-3, 3.39) tossed eight innings of shutout ball, striking out 13 to lead the Softbank Hawks to a 2-0 win over the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yuito Mori was called on in the ninth to pick up his 19th save. Senga allowed just three hits.

The Seibu Lions Kona Takahashi (5-6, 4.28) may have had the best pitching performance of the day, limiting the Orix Buffaloes to just one hit in their 2-0 win. Takahashi walked just one and struck out seven in his performance. He went against Yoshinobu Yamamoto (4-3, 3.01), a pretty good pitcher in his own right. Yamamoto gave up both runs, allowing five hits and striking out nine in seven innings of work.

When myworld rated the top ten pitchers in Japan, three of those five pitchers were named. Myworld may have to make some revisions to this list next year.

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