According to Nikkan Sports, Yoshida had trouble with her knuckleball early on and instead turned to using her curve. Yoshida later told reporters she wasn't quite sure what the problem was. She did say she liked how her knuckleball moved when she struck out a batter in the 2nd inning.
As of late, Yoshida's focus has been on solidifying her delivery. To that end, she has spent some time studying vide of other side-arm pitchers for hints that might be able to help her out.
Yoshida's next start will likely be on the 27th.
Eri Yoshida suffered her second loss in her fifth start of the season on the 23rd.
Yoshida started a game against the Orange County Flyers and gave up 6 runs (all earned) over 3.1 innings of work. Final line: 69 (37) NP (S), 18 BF, 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
The Outlaws lost the game 15-2.
Inning by Inning
1st inning - 0 runs
walk (CS), walk, ground out to short FC (CS)
2nd inning - 0 runs
ground out to first, single, strikeout swinging, fly out to center
3rd inning - 0 runs
HBP, sac bunt, strike out swinging, ground out to second
4th inning - 6 runs
single, 2-run HR, single, single, 2-run single, fly out to right, 1-run single
Note: Yoshida left with a runner on first. That runner would later score on a double.
The City of Chico also bestowed a "proclamation of achievement" on Yoshida during a city council meeting on the 24th.