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17 innings, two pitchers, 465 pitches

by on Sep.21, 2010 @ 1:49 pm, under Industrial

Shichijushichi Ginko and JR Higashi Nihon Tohoku faced each other in the Industrial League Japan Tournament Tohoku Regions Finals on Monday and a 4h and 14m marathon ensued.

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Shichijushichi Ginko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
JR Higashi Nihon Tohoku 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The game ended in a tie (tournament rules) and the make-up game was played earlier today with JR Higashi Nihon Tohoku beating Shichijushichi Ginko, 2-1.

What's perhaps more surprising than the game ending in a tie after 17 innings are the pitching lines.

Atsushi Kobayashi got the start for Shichijushichi Ginko and gave up 14 hits and threw 250 pitches.  Toshiharu Moriuchi started the game for JR Higashi Nihon Tohoku and gave up 9 hits and threw 215.  Both pitchers struck out 13 batters a piece and both pitchers actually went the distance.

Wonder how they're arms were feeling today.

3 comments on “17 innings, two pitchers, 465 pitches

  1. bbdad

    That is a real disaster to kill the arms of a pitcher to win a game…Japanese mgrs need to learn that this is a career and not a moment in history for them. They should be reprimanded or fired!!

    1. Steve

      Why do you say so many pitches kill the player’s arm? Japanese pitchers routinely throw 140+ pitches in a game. At Koshien the kids will throw in back to back to back games.

  2. Jim

    You see this in Japan all the time, especially among the aces. I watched a game where Takayuki Kishi threw 171 pitches in just nine innings for the Lions. The game went to a 0-0 draw with my Hawks, and I believe Tsuyoshi Wada threw 10 innings in that game as well.

    The point is that pitch counts are useless and the paradigm seems to be shifting away from pitch counts in MLB too. Nolan Ryan has instructed his Rangers coaches and the starters themselves to shun pitch counts, and the Red Sox were second in the league behind the Rangers in pitches thrown for the starters.

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