Recap of Yoshida's outing:
1st inning - 0 runs, 1 hit
single, fly out to the catcher, GIDP
2nd inning - 2 runs, 1 hit
fly out to second, fly out to left, HBP, 2-run homer, fly out to short
3rd inning - 2 runs, 3 hits
ground out to third, fly out to right, single, balk, RBI single, stolen base (2nd), walk, wild pitch, RBI single, throw out at home.
Final Line: 3.0 IP, 14 BF, 46 NP (27 S), 5 H (1 HR), 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP, 2 WP
Yoshida also went 1-for-1 at the plate with an RBI batting out of the 9-hole (bases loaded, 2 outs).
Some other, perhaps interesting, notes:
- Ila Borders was the first woman to play in the US Independent Leagues (St Paul Saints in 1997). She threw a fastball (topped out in the 125km/h range) curve, and screwball; and batted and threw the ball from the left. Borders finished out her career 2-4 with a 6.73 ERA.
- About 3,500 fans were in attendance.
- It seems 45 different news agencies applied for interview opportunities with Yoshida.
- T-shirts with her name were on sale for $15 (about 1,350 yen). They prepared 40 and sold most of them.
- They sold 200 gameday programs for $2 (about 180 yen)
Jiji press has also printed an interview. My translation:
Were you nervous?
Before getting on the mound, I just decided to go out and do my best. I actually wasn't all that nervous.
Were you surprised about the bunt single in the first?
I'm a little frustrated that I wasn't prepared for it. [I give my overall performance a] 20%. I couldn't get the basics.
Were you satisfied with your outing?
I figured out some things I need to work on after pitching. My told myself I would go with my knuckler, but I wasn't able to throw it very well. So I'd like to gain as much experience on the mound as possible and would like to pitch in all kinds of situations (rotation / bullpen).
You recorded your first RBI and hit.
I couldn't believe it. I was happy that I was able to keep the inning going.
Your thoughts on the cheering fans.
They gave me a boost. I was also reminded at how difficult it is to be a knuckleball pitcher.
Sponichi is carrying the following quote from Yoshida's father:
I watched the game online. They scored a run on her with 2 outs and she probably isn't really satisfied with her knuckleball. But I think it's amazing she's pitching in a place like that, everything, including how she's living her life over there, will be a great experience for her. It's a tough world where players that don't perform get cut, all I wish for her is that she has fun playing and doesn't get hurt.