Right-handed pitcher Hiromi Ito (26) of the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese professional baseball team fought hard in her first real match ahead of joining the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. On the 9th, he played as the third pitcher in a practice game against the Samsung Lions held at the Nago Spring Camp in Okinawa, and recorded one scoreless inning.
Ito, who took the mound in the top of the 4th inning, caught Samsung batters 1-3 in a row. He started with a strikeout and caught the follow-up hitter with a ground ball to third base and a fly ball to left field. He threw 14 balls and shut out one inning cleanly. Fastball maximum velocity of 151 km. It was the first practice game among 15 pitchers on the WBC Japan national team. 안전놀이터
In an interview after the game, he said, “It was the first game and it was good. I am satisfied with the speed.” The game ended with Nippon Ham winning 3-0. Seven pitchers came out and completely blocked the Samsung lineup. Kiyomiya Kotaro (24), who played as the fifth and first baseman, hit a two-run homer with a first-class lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Nippon Ham coach Suyoshi Shinzo said, “This year, I will get into the habit of winning by winning all games until the start of the season. I will dash from the start.” The Nippon Hams finished last among the six Pacific League teams last year when manager Shinzo took office.
Ito is about to join the Miyazaki national team training camp on the 17th. On the 14th, he said it was undecided on the practice game against Rakuten Eagles.
In his third professional year, he was the only Nippon Ham player to be selected for the national team. In the evaluation match against Australia held in November of last year, he pitched a good pitch with no hits and no runs in one inning as a midway relief pitch.
Ito, a rookie first-choice player, recorded 10 wins and 9 losses and an average ERA of 2.90 in his first professional year in 2021. Last year, he pitched in 26 games (23 starts) and recorded 10-9 with a 2.95 ERA. He posted double-digit wins for the second year in a row and passed 150 innings for the first time.