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[6/18/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani’s interview with the media

by on Jun.18, 2013 @ 11:34 pm, under NPB

Sponichi has posted a portion of Shohei Otani's interview with the media after tonight's game against Hiroshima.

You pitched and hit in the same game for the first time.

I maintained my focus while on the mound.  I tried to keep things simple while in the batter's box.  There are still a lot of things I need to work.

You gave up your first home run in the 2nd inning.

The ball slipped out of my hand.  That is something I need to work on.

What are some things you need to improve?

I have to be careful about giving up that one pitch that can change the flow of the game, like the home run in the 2nd.

What do you think of your hitting?

It was bad that I could not set the rhythm for the game as a starting pitcher.  In terms of hitting, I was able to work out a walk in the 4th.

Do you feel any more tired than usual?

I do feel as though I might be a little more tired than other games I have pitched in.  I am glad that we won.

Source: Sponichi 6/18/2013

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UPDATE 6/20 @ 12:29am -

How does it feel now that you have done both?

We won so that is the most important thing.  Hopefully I can keep it up.

How did you approach hitting, pitching?

When I was on the mound it was about the mound, when I was in the batter's box it was about the batter's box.  My goal was to do what I was supposed to do.

In the inning immediately after you reached base, the second inning, you gave up your first home run.

I should have taken my time.  But, I think the batter was better than me.  In that sense, I did not have what it takes [to get the out].  Pitching after being a base-runner is pretty tough.  It made me think that the inning after getting on base is really important.

You took over in right after leaving the game as a pitcher.

After the fourth inning I was told I would play right in the next inning.  As a pitcher, I thought I might pitch another inning, but the bullpen has been stable.

How would you grade your outing?

As I pitcher, I could not grasp the flow of the game so thirty percent.  As a hitter, I was able to drive in a run, albeit [on a ground out:, so a fifty percent.  Anything can happen if you put the ball in play.

You hit [Brad] Eldred in the 3rd inning.

The ball slipped out.  That is something else I need to work on.  I was not shaken.  [Atsunori] Inaba got in front of me so I felt relieved by that.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/19/2013