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[6/28/2013] Chunichi Dragons: Daisuke Yamai tosses a no-hitter

by on Jun.28, 2013 @ 9:08 pm, under NPB

Daisuke Yamai made his fifth start of the year tonight against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium and tossed the NPB's eighty-eighth no-hitter (accomplished by seventy-seven pitchers).

In tossing the no-hitter:

  • faced thirty batters
  • threw 115 pitches
  • walked four
  • struck out three
  • recorded fifteen ground ball outs (including two double plays) and seven fly ball outs
  • did not allow a runner to get past first

Yamai once was in the middle of tossing a no-hitter (perfect game) during the Nippon Series (Game 5, 2007) but was pulled after eight innings by then manager Hiromitsu Ochiai.

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UPDATE @ 10:33pm -

Sponichi has posted a portion of his post-game interview:

How do you feel [now that you have tossed a no-hitter]?

I really cannot believe it.  I am not sure what to think.  All I can say right now is that I am happy.

When did you start thinking about it?

Beginning in the 8th.  This was not something I was able to accomplish by myself.  The guys behind me made good plays.  They scored runs for me in the 1st inning and I felt like I had to pitch a complete game.

You just exploded with happiness at the end.

This was the first time I ever tossed a no-hitter in my life.  A couple of my pitches went where I wanted them.  I carefully approached each pitch.  I am grateful for [Motonobu] Tanishige's game-calling.

You combined for a perfect game with [Hitoki] Iwase in the 2007 Nippon Series.

I did have that experience from before, so I did my best to make sure I did not let up.  I did not think about it much, but I feel I managed it.

This has not been an easy season for you.

This was a great day, especially if you think about the walk-off three-run home run I gave up in April.

Source: Sponichi 6/28/2013

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UPDATE 6/29 @ 4:17pm -

Other stats:

  • The no-hitter was the fortieth in CL history (thirty-seventh pitcher) and the eleventh in Chunichi history (eleventh pitcher).
  • The Yomiuri Giants lead all NPB teams with fifteen no-hitters by eleven different pitchers.
  • Yamai is the tenth pitcher in NPB history to win a no-hitter by nine or more runs, first since Hisanobu Watanabe in 1996 (nine runs).  He was also the first pitcher in Chunichi history to win a no-hitter by nine runs or more runs -- the previous high of eight was set by Melvin Bunch in 2000.
  • The Dragons avoided setting a new franchise record for number of games without a complete game in one season by recording their first complete game in their sixty-eighth game of year.  The record of sixty-seven was first set between May and August 2003.

Source: Sponichi 6/29/2013

7 comments on “[6/28/2013] Chunichi Dragons: Daisuke Yamai tosses a no-hitter

  1. kohaku

    I ve seen Yamai pitch this year and he didn t do so well, but this is great performance, congrats to him!

    1. IM

      When he’s on he’s ON. When he’s not he’s NOT.
      Inconsistency is kind of the story of his career. Pretty awesome he could pull off a no-hitter after not getting the opportunity to finish that 2007 game.

  2. kohaku

    How much tickets do you have? I have a bunch of tickets at Jingu but unfortunately nothing so special

  3. DeNA Steve

    I also have a handful of baystars tickets from past games, but this one is a keeper for sure…..

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