Roki Sasaki out of perfect game, pulled after 8 perfect innings

Four days after Clayton Kershaw Being drawn after seven perfect innings Reason an uproarA 20 year old Japanese phenom Joe pitched a perfect game on his last start Was dropped after pitching eight perfect innings.

Roki Sasaki, who scored 19 runs to perfection in his previous outing, scored 14 runs on Sunday, while playing an unbelievable eight perfect innings. But his day ended with a 101 mph fastball for his final strikeout at the end of the eighth, as 102 pitches took him to a 0–0 draw with the Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon-Ham Fighters. The Fighters eventually won 1–0 in 10 innings.

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Roki Sasaki pitching against the Nappon-Ham Fighters on April 17, 2022.
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Roki Sasaki after playing his full game on April 10, 2022.
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Sasaki, whose first game last week in Nippon Professional Baseball since 1994, has scored 56 strikeouts in 31 innings this season for just two walks.

“It was so exciting, I have no words,” said Chusei Mannami of the fighters who hit the winning homer in the 10th inning, according to Sasaki. Japan Times, “Our guys just hung over there, and we kept saying on the bench, let’s do something.”

,[Sasaki] It’s just too hard. The way the forkball falls? forget about it.”

Sasaki’s latest display of dominance will create even more intrigue among MLB teams interested in him. Last season for Chiba Lotte, Sasaki had a 1.84 ERA with 87 strikes in 83 1/3 innings.

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