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[10/12/2013] Nippon Ham Fighters: Yuki Saito gave up seven runs during Phoenix League start on Thursday

by on Oct.13, 2013 @ 12:48 am, under NPB

Yuki Saito started a Phoenix League game against the Orix Buffaloes on Thursday and gave up eleven runs (seven earned) on ten hits over 5.1 innings of work.

Sports Hochi posted portions of his post-game interview:

You allowed seven consecutive runners to reach base, including five straight hits, in the 6th inning.  You ended up allowing seven runs that inning.

I was working on some things and it happened.  Things went well in the first three innings.  Things started falling apart in the 4th inning, like the defense running into some problems.  I tried not to think about it.  I lost the rhythm.  In some ways, I just want to forget about what happened after the first three innings and move on.  If I take the eleven runs to mean the whole outing is bad, then I will lose sight of the things I have to work.  I am heading in the right direction.

With two out in the 1st inning, you elevated a 137km/h fastball that [Yuki] Miyazaki hit out for a solo home run to left.  Was that a mistake pitch?

That was not a mistake pitch.  I do not think he hit a home run off of me because of a bad pitch.

In the 4th inning, a single to left and an E5 put runners on first and second with now out.  They ran on you and scored a run when Takumi Oshima made a bad throw to third.

While [the runs I allowed] after the third inning were partially my fault, there is also the rhythm with the catcher.  Oshima does not have the same kind of experience [Satoshi] Nakajima has.  In that sense, it is also important for me to grow as well.

Are you able to say you are not worried about the outing because this is not a part of the regular season?

Things are different based on where you throw.  I have things I need to work on and I tried me best to work on them despite the errors.  In that sense, things may have been different if I was in a different place.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/11/2013

Sponichi notes that when Saito walked the lead-off batter in the 6th and then surrendered five consecutive hits, he was throwing nothing but fastballs.

Hideki Kuriyama was at the game and was quoted as saying:

He got angry out there for the first time in a while and threw pitches right down the middle.  He was a man that was trying to battle it out.  I have not seen that in Yuki in quite some time.

He will have to let it all out if he is going to make it.  Being able to see that side of him today may have been the one good thing about his outing.

Saito faced eleven hitters and allowed three hits through the first three innings of the game.  He also topped out at 141km/h.  He is scheduled to make his next start on six days of rest.

Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/11/2013