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Nikkan Sports: Shohei Otani’s post-game press conference

by on Jul.26, 2012 @ 6:04 pm, under High School

Q&A from Shohei Otani's (Hanamaki Higashi High School) post-game press conference, via Nikkan Sports:

On today's games...

I allowed them to score the first runs of the game and I am upset that I could not win this game.  I just did not have it in me.

You were taken off the mound once after the 7th inning.

There were a number of left-handed bats coming up so we went with [Daiki] Obara.

You were brought back into the game in the 8th and managed to get out of a tight spot.

I pitched believing we would come back.  And I am glad that I was able to play hard until the very end.  We were up next so I pitched believing we would get a walk-off.

You collected a timely hit in your at bat in the 9th.

With runners on first and second and no out, I felt confident we could make a comeback.  I was able to keep the inning going, so I was able to do my part.

Has the loss sunk in?

Not so much immediately after the game.  But when I returned to the dugout and saw the others crying, I felt that my three years were over.

On giving up a three-run home run.

I wanted to throw a fastball low and away, but it got up a little.  [Daichi] Nihashi was better than me there.

On hitting 160km/h a few days earlier.

I wanted to enjoy winning the summer Koshien with the people of Iwate, more than hitting 160km/h.  I am really disappointed that I could not do that.

What are your future plans?

I have not thought about that yet.  I will decide after speaking to the manager and people around me.