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.
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
UPDATE 6/29 @ 4:17pm -
- 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