Sanspo has a few comments from Yuki Saito:
You allowed 4 hits over 5 shutout innings. Thoughts?
The Lions have a strong offense. My only thought was to keep them from scoring as few runs as possible. I'm glad I was also able to strike some guys out. I was also able to use my fastball a lot.
You ran into trouble early, loading the bases with 1 out in the first...
It was bad that I loaded the bases, but it was also good that I managed to get out unscathed.
You left after 5 innings...
I was disappointed because I was already around 100 pitches. While I'm grateful for the solid job the relief crew did, I'd like to pitch into the 9th inning next time.
There were 42,063 fans in attendance at Sapporo Dome, a full house...
I'm glad I was able to pitch well in front of all those people and it's the place I'll come my home turf for some time to come. I want to do my best to win everyone over.
You spent close to 2 months at Ni-gun...
I was a little worried about getting back to Ichi-gun again, but I worked towards returning [to Sapporo Dome] and winning a game.
Heading towards the All-Star series...
I'm grateful to all the fans that voted for me. I'm still in my first year, so there's a lot I need to learn, but I'd like to do my best to bring dreams and excitement to the fans.
Of the 97 pitches Saito threw last night, 41 were fastballs. He also threw 20 two-seamers in the 140km/h range. He also topped out at 145km/h.
Saito's parents were also at the game last night.
Regarding his next start, Masataka Nashida told reporters he'll probably take Saito off the active roster since he'll be pitching during the All-Star series and push his next start back until sometime on or after 8/2 when the team begins a 13-game stretch.
Saito sported a new haircut during practice on Saturday and his workouts included running and throwing 47 pitches in the bullpen.