Japan Professional Baseball (NPB) representative left-hander Shota Imanaga (30, Yokohama Baystars) achieved 1,000 strikeouts in his career.소닉카지노
Imanaga started the game against the Chunichi Dragons held at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on the 13th and pitched well, allowing 7 hits and 1 run until the 8th inning. Although he was disappointed with the team’s 1-2 loss, he added 11 strikeouts and broke the 1,000 strikeout mark in his career. 156th in NPB history and 9th in club history. He produced 983, the eighth-fastest of all time, and four-digit strikeouts in just one-third of an inning.
Imanaga said, “This is a number that expresses my gratitude to my fans and family for their support,” and “I want to build it up one by one in the future.” Imanaga’s first strikeout in NPB was against Hisayoshi Chono against the Yomiuri Giants on March 29, 2016. He said, “I can’t forget it. “Even now, I think back to that time,” he said.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Imanaga would challenge the Major League Baseball (MLB) after the season through a posting system (private competitive bidding). Nikkan Sports said, ‘Reflecting the high interest, more than 25 scouts from 10 clubs, including the New York Yankees and New York Mets, flocked to the Chunichi game. The Cubs said that the club’s top leader, President Jed Hoyer, visited.
Imanaga is NPB’s best left-handed starter. He has appeared in 20 games this season and has 7 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 2.71. Since his debut in 2016, he has only played in Yokohama, and his career NPB record is 64 wins, 49 losses, and an ERA of 3.17. He mixes fastballs exceeding 150 km/h with sliders and changeups. In the game against the Nippon Ham Fighters in June 2022, he achieved the 96th no-hit and no-run in NPB history. At the WBC held last March, he led the mound with Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) and Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres), contributing to Japan’s victory.