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Eri Yoshida loses another, drops to 3-6 on the year

by on Aug.18, 2012 @ 7:37 pm, under Other
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Maui played the Hawai Stars on Friday and lost 2-0.  Eri Yoshida started the game and was removed after allowing one run over three innings of work.  She took the loss and dropped to 3-6 in ten games (nine starts).

Final line: 3 IP, 38-21 NP-S, 14 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO.

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Season Stats

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H R ER
3 6 5.80 10 9 0 0 40.1 10 25 40 34 26

Eri Yoshida gives up two runs in one inning relief appearance

by on Aug.13, 2012 @ 12:41 am, under Other
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Eri Yoshida entered a game in the 6th inning against the Hawaii Stars on Saturday (game one of a doubleheader) and gave up two runs (one earned) over an inning of work. She was not involved in the final decision.

Final line: 1.0 IP, 20-8 NP-S, 6 BF, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

The Hawaii Stars beat Maui 7-3.

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Season Stats

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H R ER
3 5 6.03 9 8 0 0 37.1 10 24 38 33 25

Eri Yoshida’s personal losing streak continues, now four in a row

by on Jul.29, 2012 @ 8:43 pm, under Other
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Eri Yoshida started a game against the Sonoma County Grapes on Saturday and took the loss.  She is now 3-4 after starting the year 3-0.

Final line: 3 IP, 70-30 NP-S, 18 BF, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO

From the Maui News' Robert Collias:

Yoshida struggled for her fourth straight start. The knuckleballer gave up a run in each of the first three innings and it could have been worse, as she could not consistently find the strike zone.

Yoshida walked Samuel Perry to start the game, and he scored two batters later on an RBI single by Brandon Gregorich.

In the second inning, she hit a batter and walked three in a row, including Mark Micowski with the bases loaded, but got out of the jam with a runner caught stealing at third base, a strikeout and a fielder's choice that left the bases loaded.

In the third inning, she walked the first two hitters she faced and immediately surrendered a run on a base hit by Chris Debiasi, but retired the next three hitters.

Yoshida threw 69 pitches, but just 29 for strikes as she set her season high for walks with six. After winning her first three starts, she has lost four in a row and her ERA has gone from 3.20 to 5.45 in that span.

"She is fine," Vermilyea said of Yoshida. "She is pitching a lot more this year than she has in other years. The key for her is finding the strike zone, throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play."

BTW: Yoshihiro Doi also pitched in the game - 1.2 IP, 21-14 NP, 5 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

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Season Stats

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H R ER
3 4 5.46 7 7 0 0 33.0 8 20 31 27 20

Eri Yoshida loses her third straight

by on Jul.22, 2012 @ 9:13 pm, under Other
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Eri Yoshida started a game against the Sonoma County Grapes at Iron Maehara Stadium on Saturday and took the loss, her third in a row.

Said Yoshida, via Sponichi, "I was off-balance in my delivery and I am not getting a good feel for the ball when I pitch.  I have to make some adjustments."

Sonoma County 12 - Maui 4

Final line: 2.1 IP, 46-22 NP-S, 15 BF, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

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Season Stats

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H R ER
3 3 5.10 6 6 0 0 30.0 6 14 28 24 17

BC League: Ishikawa takes second exhibition game against Maui, 1-0

by on Jul.13, 2012 @ 1:31 am, under Other
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About 1,800 fans showed up for the second and final game between the Ishikawa Million Stars and Na Koa Ikaika Maui on Wednesday.  Ishikawa beat Maui 1-0.

Eri Yoshida made a one inning appearance for Maui: one hit, one strikeout, no runs.

Source: MSN Sankei 7/12/2012, Sponichi 7/12/2012

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Ishikawa Million Stars to play two exhibition games against Na Koa Ikaika Maui

Eri Yoshida drops her second straight start in her shortest outing of the year

by on Jul.07, 2012 @ 6:01 pm, under Other
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Eri Yoshida made her fifth start of the year for the Maui Na Koa Ikaika on Friday and took the loss in her shortest outing of the year.  Yoshida lasted just three innings against the Pacifics and allowed five runs (one earned) on two hits, five walks, and one strikeout.

The Pacifics beat Maui by the final score of 7-3.

Final line: 3 IP, 79-38 NP-S, 17 BF, 2 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO, 2 WP.

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Season Stats

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H R ER
3 2 3.90 5 5 0 0 27.2 6 12 23 18 12

7/4/2012: Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui

by on Jul.04, 2012 @ 4:39 pm, under MLB
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Games from July 3:

Baltimore Orioles 5 - Seattle Mariners 4 [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started the game in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, ground out to third, strikeout swinging, ground out to second (force). [Daily Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for John Jaso in the bottom of the 8th.  He took over at short in the top of the 9th.

Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed two runs over 7.1 innings of work.  He did not get the decision.  Final line: 7.1 IP, 97-73 NP-S, 24 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi]

Cleveland Indians 7 - LA Angels 5
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th, with runners on second and third, one out, and the game tied at five.  Both inherited runners scored on a ground out to first followed by a throwing E3.  After issuing a walk to the next batter, Takahashi retired the next four batters he faced.  Final line: 1.2 IP, 27-17 NP-S, 6 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Chicago White Sox 19 - Texas Rangers 2
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th, with runners on first and second, two out, and the Rangers down 9-0.  Tateyama allowed both inherited runners to score, in addition to five other runs, before getting the final out of the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 17-9 NP-S, 7 BF, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Daily Sports, Sponichi, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 13 - Miami Marlins 12
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-5: strikeout swinging, RBI single to left (run scored), pop out to third, sac fly to right, strikeout swinging, fly out to center.  Aoki extended his hitting streak to ten games. [Daily Sports, Daily SportsSponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Rochester 5 - Pawtucket 3 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout looking, single to right, ground out to short, walk (run scored). [Nikkan Sports]

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An update on Hideki Matsui (TBR), from The Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:

DH/OF Hideki Matsui, pulled from Monday's game with left hamstring tightness, was encouraged by how he felt Tuesday, saying he took some swings in the cage and was available to pinch-hit. Maddon said Matsui felt better than he and the Rays anticipated, and he should avoid the disabled list. Matsui said the next test is running, which could happen today, and he hopes to be able to play the field in a day or two.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) was placed on the fifteen-day disabled list on Tuesday.  From MLB.com's Ian Browne:

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, one day after he was shelled during an abbreviated outing against the Athletics in which he gave up gave up four hits on five runs and threw a career-low of 28 pitches in the Red Sox's 6-1 loss.

Clearly, Matsuzaka was hampered by a neck injury which prevented him from making a side session between starts. It is the same injury -- to the trap muscle on the right side -- that caused him discomfort during Spring Training and in late May, when he was on his Minor League rehab assignment.

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The Seattle Mariners became the first team to start three Japanese players -- Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Munenori Kawasaki -- in one game on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012

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Nippon Ham and a Nippon Ham Fighters fan group in Hokkaido will be doing what they can to get people in Japan to vote for Yu Darvish (TEX).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2012

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Eri Yoshida's next start will likely come against the San Rafael Pacfics on July 6.  Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2012

Eri Yoshida picks up third straight victory of the season

by on Jun.24, 2012 @ 10:51 pm, under Other
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Eri Yoshida started a game against the Sonoma County Grapes on Saturday and got the win.  She threw seventy pitches and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings of work.  Yoshida also walked one and struck out none.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/24/2012

From The Maui News' Robert Collias:

Yoshida was throwing her knuckleball in the mid-50-mph range according to the meter on the new scoreboard. She went six innings, allowed two earned runs and six hits, walked one batter and struck out none in her fourth straight win dating to last season.

Her 3-0 record this year leads the team and her 2.74 ERA is the best among the starters. She threw 70 pitches Saturday, 45 for strikes.

"I lost the two runs, but everybody was backing me up with the batting, so I'm very happy about it," Yoshida said through interpreter Masayo Sutton before being surrounded by autograph seekers. "Tonight there were no errors, so I was just throwing strikes because I knew our guys were going to get outs."