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Daisuke Yamai misses out on another no-hitter

by on Aug.19, 2010 @ 3:16 pm, under NPB

For the second time in his career, Daisuke Yamai missed out on throwing a no-hitter.*

Yamai had a no-hitter through 8 complete innings and then promptly gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced in the top of the 9th, Hayato Sakamoto.

Incidentally, Kenshin Kawakami (CHU) was the last pitcher to toss a no-hitter against the Giants (8/1/2002).  The last Dragons' pitcher to toss a no-hitter was Masahiro Yamamoto on 9/16/2006 against the Hanshin Tigers.

For the Giants, Sakamoto became the fourth player to prevent the Giants from being no-hit with a solo homer.  The other three (although I'm not really sure if the third one should really count given the timing):

9/16/1973 - 8th inning, no out, Isao Shibata off Hiromu Matsuoka.

5/13/2005 - 9th inning, 2 outs, Takayuki Shimizu off Fumiya Nishiguchi.

8/4/2006 - 5th inning, 2 outs, Joe Dillon off Yuji Yoshimi.

* His first no-hit chance came in a Nippon Series game against the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2007.  He had a perfect game through 8 and was yanked.  It actually ended up being a somewhat controversial call to the pen, but I won't get into that here.

2 comments on “Daisuke Yamai misses out on another no-hitter

  1. Eric Lord

    Ochiai is such a putz. ;) Heck of a game by Yamai and the Dragons, though. The Giants are absolutely reeling – what happened to that team over the All-Star break?

    1. Gen Post author

      The Giants are a big mess right now. Seems just about anything that can go wrong, has gone wrong.

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