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[9/6/2013] Yakult Swallows: Wladimir Balentien is human after all

by on Sep.07, 2013 @ 12:31 am, under NPB

Since his last home run on August 30, Wladimir Balentien has gone 4-for-15 with five walks (one intentional).  Of the twelve outs he has recorded, four have been strikeouts (two looking), five have been on the ground, and three in the air (one sac fly).

After Friday's night game against the Chunichi Dragons, Balentien responded to reporters with the following quotes:

I am a human.  Not a machine.

The season is long.  When things are clicking, I do not swing at pitches out of the zone.  I begin to swing at bad pitches when things are not going well.  I want to do my best to avoid that at this point in the season.

Nikkan Sports notes that Balentien seemed to be pressing a bit and was beginning to swing at pitches out of the zone.  In speaking to reporters on Thursday, he reportedly looked a little tired from all the media coverage.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/7/2013

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His at bats tonight:

1st Plate Appearance vs Masahiro Yamamoto

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
▼1 Sinker 127km/h 1B8 (liner) 0 0 2
         

2nd Plate Appearance vs Masahiro Yamamoto

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
▼1 Sinker 133km/h strike looking 0 1 2
●2 Fastball 134km/h strike looking 0 2 2
●3 Fastball 136km/h foul 0 2 2
▼4 Sinker 130km/h ball (in dirt) 1 2 2
▼5 Sinker 132km/h G4 1 2 3
         

3rd Plate Appearance vs Yuta Muto

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
■1 Fork 133km/h ball (in dirt) 1 0 1
>2 Shuto 141km/h foul 1 1 1
●3 Fastball -km/h ball 2 1 1
<4 Slider 133km/h G6 2 1 2
         

4th Plate Appearance vs Shinji Tajima

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
<1 Slider 124km/h strike swinging 0 1 1
<2 Slider 124km/h strike swinging 0 2 1
●3 Fastball 149km/h ball 1 2 1
■4 Fork 142km/h strike looking 1 3 2
         

5th Plate Appearance vs Warner Madrigal

Loc Pitch Type Velocity Result B S O
●1 Fastball 148km/h ball 1 0 1
>2 Shuto 147km/h ball 2 0 1
●3 Fastball 143km/h ball 3 0 1
●4 Fastball 146km/h foul 3 1 1
●5 Fastball 145km/h G3 (off end of bat) 3 1 2
         

Pitch data courtesy Yahoo Japan.