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Orix Buffaloes: Yuki Nishi tosses a no-hitter against the Softbank Hawks

by on Oct.08, 2012 @ 5:30 pm, under NPB

Yuki Nishi tossed a 3-0 no-hitter against the Softbank Hawks earlier today and became the seventy-sixth pitcher in NPB history to accomplish the feat.  Nishi is also the eighth player in franchise history to toss a no-hitter, first since Yoshinori Sato on August 26, 1995; and the twenty-sixth player to record a no-hitter in the Pacific League, first since Narciso Elvira on June 20, 2000.

There were three no-hitters this season, including Nishi's today.  Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda tossed the first one on April 6 against the Yokohama Bay Stars.  The Giants' Toshiya Sugiuchi followed with one on May 30 vs Rakuten Eagles.

Nishi's final line: 9 IP, 109 NP, 28 BF, 0 H, 9 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Outs: twelve ground ball outs, nine strikeouts, six fly ball outs.

Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2012, Sponichi 10/8/2012

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UPDATE @ 9:20pm - Nikkan Sports posted Nishi's interview:

What went threw your mind when the final out was recorded?

I felt bad since it was [Kokubo's] retirement game, but was I happy.  I do not think anyone was expecting it.

What went well?

I did not overthrow and kept my pitches down.  Today, I felt confident I could throw all of my pitches for strikes.

When did you start thinking about it?

I did not really think about it that much.  I was going for the shutout.  Hikaru [Ito] kept me from giving up a hit.

What did it feel like pitching the 9th?

I had to remind myself not to get excited.  I just concentrated on each and every pitch.

What was it like facing Kokubo?

When Kokubo's turn came in the 7th, I was not sure what to do.  In the papers, he said he wanted us to come straight on, so I threw the fastball.  This was Kokubo's retirement game so I am not quite sure how I should enjoy this.

What did Moriwaki say to you?

That this was a new start.  I want to carry this into next season.

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UPDATE 10/9 @ 10:35pm - Nishi is the:

  • ...fourteenth player in NPB history to toss a no-hitter while allowing just one base-running.
  • ...fifth player in NPB history to record a no-hitter after the pennant winner was decided.  The other four pitchers: Mitsuhiko Ishida on July 16, 1937 (Spring); Tsuneo Horiuchi on October 10, 1967; Soroku Yagisawa on October 10, 1973; and Kei Igawa on October 4, 2004.
  • ...second player in NPB history, first since the start of the two-league format, to record a no-hitter on the last day of the season.  The other was Ishida on July 16, 1937.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/9/2012

2 comments on “Orix Buffaloes: Yuki Nishi tosses a no-hitter against the Softbank Hawks

  1. Nathan

    did NOT expect that from Yuki. Then again, I am sure the Hawks didn’t give a whole lot of shit about the game maybe with an exception to Kokubo. Either way, credits to Yuki, it’s an accomplishment.

    1. Steve Novosel

      Nishi doesn’t totally surprise me, beyond being surprised at a Pa-League no hitter. He’s pitched some nice games, that kid.

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