Just a few Eri Yoshida notes...
Yoshida made 2 more outings for Samurai All Japan.
7/20 vs San Diego Stars - 2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 0 SO, 4 R (0 ER), 53 NP
7/30 Charity Game - 3 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0 R, 42 NP
So a recap of all 9 of her outings with Samurai All Japan:
ESPN Page 2 is carrying an article on Yoshida, written by Gideon Rubin. A snip:
But despite the good vibes, sellout crowds and modest successes she was inconsistent in Chico, going 0-4 with a 12.28 ERA.
A retooled delivery has restored the diminutive teen's confidence. Yoshida has more command of her knuckler since going from a sidearm to a three-quarters delivery. It's an adjustment she made under the tutelage of former major league pitcher and fellow countryman Akinori Otsuka, her pitching coach on the Samurai All-Japan semi-pro team she played for this summer.
And the early returns suggest it works.
Yoshida collected her first win on U.S. soil, throwing four shutout innings of five-hit ball in a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Mavericks in a season-ending exhibition fundraiser for Japan earthquake relief.
The newest member of Na Koa, 19-year-old female knuckleball pitcher Eri Yoshida, was at the stadium, but is day-to-day with a sprained ankle that she suffered in a non-baseball situation on Sunday. Her introductory press conference was canceled on Tuesday, but she said she is happy to rejoin manager Garry Templeton. Both were with Chico last season.
The Maui News' Robert Collias also posted the press release cancelling Yoshida's press conference.
And for those wondering why Yoshida's didn't sign with Maui the first time around, it seems there was some miscommunication between Samurai All Japan and Maui. From Maui News:
We reported on July 2 that Yoshida would be coming to Maui to make a pair of Saturday starts during the last homestand. Within 24 hours of that story running, denials started coming from Japan, including the website for her team at the time, Samurai All-Japan. It took until the fifth inning of the game before she was scheduled to start for official word from Na Koa's front-office folks that she would not be playing the next day — she wasn't on island — and even then they said "it's just a matter of working out a couple of things" and that she would be on Maui within a few days.
The update the Maui News report refers to, essentially says that reports of Yoshida signing with Maui were incorrect and that she was a member of the Samurai All Japan team through to the end of their season.