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Nippon Ham Fighters: first game as both pitcher/position player for Shohei Otani

by on Mar.21, 2013 @ 10:07 pm, under NPB

For the first time this year, 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani participated in a game as both a pitcher and position player.

Otani entered the game in the top of the 8th inning as a pitcher and replaced Eiichi Koyano (started at third, batted third) in the line-up.  After facing four batters for three outs, he remained in the line-up and grounded out to first in the bottom of the 8th.  In the top of the 9th, he took over in right.

Of the fourteen pitches Otani threw, four were clocked at or about 156km/h.  He topped out at 157km/h.

Pitcher

8th inning

Casey McGehee: strikeout looking on 138km/h slider.
-- 143km/h fastball, foul; 151km/h fastball, strike looking; 138km/h slider, strike looking.

Makoto Moriyama: fouled off first pitch, 157km/h fastball.  Hit 1-1 pitch into left for a single.
-- 157 km/h fastball, foul; 156km/h fastball, ball; no read fastball, single to left.

Motohiro Shima: Moriyma advances to second on bad pick-off throw.  Strikes out looking on 1-2, 128km/h slider.
-- 156km/h fastball, striking swinging; 156km/h fastball, strike looking; 154km/h fastball, foul; 128km/h slider, strike looking.

Teppei: fouls out to catcher on 3-0, 150km/h fastball.
-- no read fastball, ball (wild pitch); 153km/h fastball, ball; 150km/h fsstball, ball; 150km/h fastball, foul out to catcher.

Hitter

8th inning

Runner on second, no out, Shinichiro Koyama on the mound for Rakuten.  Swings at first pitch and hits a grounder between first and second.  Yusuke Kosai makes a nice stab and it ends up a ground out to first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/21/2013, Daily Sports 3/21/2013