New Japanese pitching sensation Tomohiro Anraku carried his Saibi Koukou to the final of the Spring Koshien by throwing yet another complete game.
This is really getting up there to Matsuzaka stuff. Anraku has now tossed 663 pitchs in 4 games (40 innings) and Saibi are in the final. Today he needed “just” 134 pitches in a tight ballgame against Kochi. Kochi had jumped ahead in the first, but Saibi turned the game around by the 5th inning, leading 2-1 going into the 7th, when Kochi came back to tie it. The winning run for Saibi came in the 8th. You can watch the game here.
Anraku was not only pitching like his usual self (9IP, 6H, 7K, 0BB, 2ER), although those two runs look like they came on home runs (I haven’t seen the game yet), but he also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk.
Saibi’s opponent will be Urawa Gakuin, who hammered Tsugurugakehi 5-1 (video can be found here). Ace Kazuya
Kojima Ojima cruised through 9 innings (115 pitches), striking out 3, walking 1 and hitting 2.
We should be in for a very interesting final tomorrow.