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[6/22/2013] Nippon Ham: Yuki Saito tosses two shutout innings against Futures

by on Jun.22, 2013 @ 4:23 pm, under NPB

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against the Futures today.  He tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit.  He threw twenty-three pitches and topped out at 136km/h.  It was his first game since November 1, 2012.

1st inning - Masaru Misawa F9, Ko Takahashi Ks, Genki Kawano F8 (nine pitches).

2nd inning - Hyuma Matsui 1B7, Naomichi Umeda Ks, Kevin Moscatel F6, Yuki Watanabe G6.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/22/2013Sports Hochi 6/22/2013


UPDATE 6/24 @ 6:11pm -

Sports Hochi has posted a portion of Saito's post-game interview with the media:

This was your first outing in quite some time.

There are a lot of things I am working on, but for today, I think it was good that I was just able to pitch.  I have changed because of the injury and the people around me have also changed.  I feel a little relieved that I have something to show for, especially after getting another chance.

What did you think of the outing?

I feel it was one-hundred percent: I threw with no discomfort or fear.

What about your fastball?

If you look only at that, you might think I still have a long way to go.  In terms of velocity, I think it will improve.  Looking only at that will worry me.

What now?

I need to increase the amount I pitch.  I need to be able to go at least five innings.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/23/2013