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Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani post-game interview after first Ichi-gun start on May 23

by on May.26, 2013 @ 6:22 pm, under NPB

A bit of a back-log.  Nikkan Sports and Sanspo posted portions of the interview 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's gave to reporters after his first Ichi-gun outing as a pitcher on the 23rd against Yakult at Sapporo Dome.

First, Nikkan Sports:

On your first outing.

I had a lot of fun.  I am also grateful to my teammates for getting more out of jams.

On giving up two runs in the 2nd inning.

I was not throwing balls far enough out and they were hitting the pitches I was throwing for strikes.  I should have been a little more careful and put a little more feeling into my pitches.

[Sho] Nakata's game-tying home run got you off the hook for a loss.

I think it is amazing when someone comes through in the clutch like that.  As I watched the game from the dugout, there was a sense he might do something.

Did you gain anything from the outing, what are some things you need to work on.

I was effective when I used the fastball to keep hitters back and I was able to throw a few good sliders.  I was able to throw with better accuracy when I was throwing hard.  I had something of a difficult time throwing strikes when I needed them.  I want to do a better job at pitching out of jams next time.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2013

Now Sanspo:

Your challenge officials began today.

This is where [my career] begins.  I will also probably see time as a position player, so I also want to make sure I hit the ball well.

How were things at the start?

The position players helped me out.  It was good that I got away without allowing any runs.

You gave up two runs in the 2nd inning.

The pitches I threw for balls were not far enough out.  I should have been a little more careful.

You struck out [Wladimir] Balentien twice.

I did my best to keep my pitches down.  I got lucky with a couple of fat pitches.

What are some thing you need to work on?

Working the count, pitching out of the set position...  I will address these kinds of things one by one.

Do you want to hit in games you pitch in?

I want to prepare myself so I can do both.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2013