Yusei Kikuchi (32, Toronto Blue Jays) failed to win 10 games again. Even though he pitched well, he was unable to achieve victory.

Kikuchi started the 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Kansas City Royals held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 9th (Korean time) and pitched well, allowing 3 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and 1 run in 5 innings.바카라사이트 The number of pitches is 88.

However, he failed to become the winning pitcher as the team was down 0-1.

As a result, Kikuchi has not been able to add a win since the Baltimore Orioles game on the 3rd of last month. Although this was his 6th attempt, he failed to reach the 10-win mark again.

Kikuchi became teammates with Ryu Hyun-jin (36) by signing a three-year, $36 million (approximately 47.8 billion won) contract with Toronto ahead of the 2022 season.

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Let’s look at Kikuchi’s pitching that day. Kikuchi got off to a good start in the first inning, hitting a straight hit to shortstop off Maikel Garcia. And he struck out Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez in succession.

In the second inning, he was allowed to get on base. He struck out leadoff hitter MJ Melendez and then walked Nelson Velezquez. Next, he turned off the lights by guiding Freddie Fermin into a double play at shortstop.

It seemed like stability had been regained in the third episode. He got 2 outs with a ground ball and a strikeout. However, Kikuchi was hit by a solo shot from Dyron Blanco. With the ball count of 2-2, he hit an 84 mph curve on the 5th pitch. It was Blanco’s second arch of the season. Although he received a blow, Kikuchi did not waver. He ended the inning by grounding out Mykel Garcia to third base.

In the following 4th inning, with one out, Perez was hit by a hit. It ended with a fly ball by Melendez and a ground ball by Velezquez.

The 5th inning, Kikuchi’s last inning, was also good. It can be seen as the highlight of today’s pitch. Although he was hit by leadoff hitter Freddie Fermen, he struck out three batters in a row: Nick Loftin, Kyle Isbell, and Blanco Cazzi.

Kikuchi, who completed the pitch perfectly, handed the mound over to Jordan Hicks in the 6th inning.

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For Kikuchi, the batting lineup was poor. This is because Kikuchi scored as soon as he went down. They succeeded in tying the game right away in the 6th inning. Leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermaier opened the game with a triple. George Springer retired with a ground ball to shortstop, but Bo Bichette hit a timely hit to tie the game.

This is the moment when Kikuchi’s defeat was erased. Toronto, which gave up 1 run in the top of the 7th inning, scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to create a comeback. It was Kikuchi’s day, which would have been better if the batting lineup had started a little sooner.

Japan’s Sports Hochi said, “I had good pitch control from the first inning, and I threw a slider as the deciding ball and struck out. I pitched well with eight strikeouts until the fifth inning. However, I did not receive scoring support from the batting line and gave the mound to Hicks in the sixth inning. “He expressed regret.

Yusei Kikuchi./Getty Images Korea

Yusei Kikuchi./Getty Images Korea

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