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Yusei Kikuchi’s first Ni-gun start of his career

by on Mar.31, 2010 @ 9:02 pm, under NPB

=== 4/1/2010 10:00pm JST

Kikuchi threw a total 35 pitches, 19 of which were balls.  He apparently didn't throw a bullpen session a day prior to this start as he normally does after Kimiyasu Kudo suggested he try holding one bullpen session three days before his scheduled start.

Kikuchi's next outing will likely be during a practice game against Nippon Expression (Industrial League) on the 8th.

=== 3/31/2010 9:01pm JST

Yusei Kikuchi made a Ni-gun start against Yakult on Wednesday, his first official pro start of his career.

Over three innings of work, he did not give up any hits, but did give up a run (unearned).  He topped out at 135km/h (?!) and did not strike anyone out.

The papers seemed to be concerned about the fairly big drop in velocity, but Hisanobu Watanabe appeared to be satisfied with the outing, saying that Kikuchi was slowly coming around.

Kikuchi didn't appear too worried either, telling reporters that he was focusing on throwing strikes more than his velocity.

No word on when his next outing might be.

The results for each at bat:

1st inning

Munehiro Shida walked.

Shingo Kawabata hit a sac bunt, runner to second.

Yoshiyuki Noguchi flied out to left.

Yuichi Matsumoto grounded out to second.

2nd inning

Yusuke Kajimoto grounded out to short.

Yuhei Takai flied out o left.

Ryo Yoshimoto flied out to left.

3rd inning

Yuhei Nakamura walked.  A bad pick-off play allowed him to move all the way up to third.

Ryosuke Morioka grounded out to third.  Nakamura came around to score.

Shida flied out to left.

Kawabata grounded out to second.

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