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.
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.
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