Eri Yoshida started a game against the Sonoma County Grapes on Saturday and took the loss. She is now 3-4 after starting the year 3-0.
Final line: 3 IP, 70-30 NP-S, 18 BF, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO
Yoshida struggled for her fourth straight start. The knuckleballer gave up a run in each of the first three innings and it could have been worse, as she could not consistently find the strike zone.
Yoshida walked Samuel Perry to start the game, and he scored two batters later on an RBI single by Brandon Gregorich.
In the second inning, she hit a batter and walked three in a row, including Mark Micowski with the bases loaded, but got out of the jam with a runner caught stealing at third base, a strikeout and a fielder's choice that left the bases loaded.
In the third inning, she walked the first two hitters she faced and immediately surrendered a run on a base hit by Chris Debiasi, but retired the next three hitters.
Yoshida threw 69 pitches, but just 29 for strikes as she set her season high for walks with six. After winning her first three starts, she has lost four in a row and her ERA has gone from 3.20 to 5.45 in that span.
"She is fine," Vermilyea said of Yoshida. "She is pitching a lot more this year than she has in other years. The key for her is finding the strike zone, throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play."
BTW: Yoshihiro Doi also pitched in the game - 1.2 IP, 21-14 NP, 5 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.