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[5/2/2014] Seibu Lions: Takayuki Kishi becomes seventy-eighth pitcher to toss no-no

by on May.02, 2014 @ 9:36 pm, under NPB

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.

Pitch Breakdown:

  • 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

Some facts:

  • 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

Source: Daily Sports 5/2/2014Tokyo Sports 5/2/2014, Sponichi 5/2/2014


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