Takayuki Kishi made his sixth start of the season against the Chiba Lotte Marines and tossed a no-hitter. He put just one runner on base with a two-out walk in the 1st inning (Tadahito Iguchi). He faced twenty-eight hitters, threw 117 pitches, walked one, and struck out eight.
- 117 pitches
- twelve swinging strikes
- twenty-three strikes
- twenty-seven foul balls
- thirty-six balls
- nineteen hit
- seven infield grounders
- six infield fly balls
- six outfield fly balls
- Pitchers that have tossed no-hitters (NPB): seventy-eight
- Number of times accomplished: eighty-nine
- Pitchers that have tossed no-hitters (PL): twenty-seven
- Number of times accomplished: twenty-eight
- Last NPB pitcher: Chunichi Daisuke Yamai against Yokohama at Yokohama on June 28, 2013
- Last PL pitcher: Yuki NIshi against Softbank at YafuOku Dome on October 8, 2012
- Last Seibu pitcher: Hisanobu Watanabe against Orix at Seibu on June 11, 1996
- Last time Lotte suffered a no-hit loss: against Hankyu's Yutaro Imai at Miyagi on August 31, 1978
Nikkan Sports has posted portions of Kishi's interaction with the media after his outing:
It was the first Seibu no-hitter since Hisanobu Watanabe in 1996.
I can't believe it, I really can't believe it.
What did you think of your outing? You threw a lot of fastballs.
My fastball was good and my breaking pitches not so much. Ginjiro did a good job of getting the best out of me. I felt pretty good from the start.
When did you start thinking about the no-hitter?
Things started started buzzing around the 7th, that's when I started thinking about it.
You won the first game of the series.
And that's big.
What are your goals this season?
I want to help the team win as many games as I can.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/2/2014