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[9/20/2012] Nippon Ham Fighters: Yuki Saito struggles in Ni-gun start against Lotte

by on Sep.20, 2013 @ 3:20 pm, under NPB

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Lotte at Kamagaya today and gave up nine runs on seven hits, four walks, and an HBP over 2.1 innings of work.  He gave up a run on a sac fly in the 2nd and then allowed eight runs in the 3rd on six hits, including a three-run homer and a bases loaded walk.

1st inning - one hit, one walk, no runs

G1, F7, 1B8 (SB), BB, G6

2nd inning - no hits, one walk, one run

BB, HBP, G1f (SB), SF8 (RBI), Ks

3rd inning - six hits, two walks, eight runs (left with the bases loaded, all runners ended up scoring)

1B9, 1B7, HR9 (three RBI), 1B7, F7, BB, 1B9, 1B9 (RBI), BB (RBI)

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013Nikkan Sports 9/20/2013

UPDATE 9/20 @ 6:43pm -

Sponichi has posted a couple of quotes from Saito:

I thought I threw the ball like I did [in previous games], but the pitches did not work for me today.

We are near the end of the season so the only thing I can do is my best.  I am thinking about different kinds of things, but may be that is not good.

When asked what kind of things he had to work on, he replied: "Hmm...  Well, just about everything I think."

Source: Sponichi 9/20/2013