Eri Yoshida made her second start of the season against the San Rafael Pacifics on Saturday (first game of a doubleheader) and gave up three runs over six innings of work. She got the win and is 2-0 so far this year.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2012
The "Knuckle Princess" earned her third career win - believed to be a record by a female pitcher in any North American professional league - by going six solid innings in a 9-4 victory over the San Rafael Pacifics (7-5) in the first game of a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Maehara Stadium.
... Yoshida threw 90 pitches, 50 for strikes, allowed three hits, struck out a batter, walked four and hit two. All three runs she allowed were earned.
She did not face the Pacifics' Tomochika Tsuboi, a former batting champion and 14-year veteran of the Japanese major leagues. Tsuboi had played in all of San Rafael's games this year, and was in the lineup for Saturday's second game.
... "Eri has done great," Sanchez said. "Every time she comes in against a good-hitting team, she just holds them up and stuff. She holds runners really well, so there is not really any running game for them. We were able to back her up, too. That is two games in a row. We seem to score 10 runs when she pitches, so it is good for her. She is important to us."
In the second game, the Yoshida served as Na Koa's bat person. Her big day drew about 200 fans to Maehara Stadium.