Only one game today as Hiroshima Shinjou (Hiroshima) and Kiryuu Dai-ichi (Gunma) played their rematch.
No I don’t go after coaches that often when they ask too much of their pitchers because I think babying them too much doesn’t help anyone either. But watching Hiroshima Shinjou’s Yamaoka and Kiryuu’s Yamada go at each other again after only 24 hoers of rest and both of them pitching 15 innings the day before, even I have to say that that is just too much. You could clearly see that especially Yamaoka was out of gas, barely reaching more than 110 km/h after the 4th inning.
Still the game remained close until the 7th inning. Kiryuu was able to load the bases with no outs against Yamaoka and then they simply cashed in on an error and a sac fly. Those runs were all they needed as Hiroshima Shinjou’s offense, which only had three hits, could not muster a rally to come back into the game (4-0). Kiryuu on the other hand had three guys going 3-4, LF Yoshida, RF Yanagiya and 1B Hayamizu
Both pitchers remained in the game until the bitter end and one has to feel relieved Yamaoka (8IP, 11H, 6K, 1BB, 4R, 2ER) didn’t have to come out for another inning as he really looked exhausted on the mound.
Kiryuu’s Yamada (9IP, 3H, 3K, 0BB, 1HBP, 0ER, 112 pitches) should really get some rest, as Kiryuu Dai-ichi will have to play in the quarterfinal tomorrow. And it’s against Ryuukokudai Heian, which shouldn’t be easy.
Finally here’s a video of Hiroshima Shinjou’s Yamaoka form their first round game. I have to admit I kind of like the high leg kick.