A fierce confrontation between the AL bottom players… But Fujinami threw a bomb
Face-to-face confrontation between the last players in the American League. However, Shintaro Fujinami (29, Oakland Athletics) threw a bomb.
Oakland lost 1-5 against the Kansas City Royals in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Coffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on the 8th (Korean time). With this loss, the team recorded a season record of 8 wins and 27 losses, falling to the bottom of the American League.
There was a reason why the match between Oakland and Kansas City was attracting attention that day. Both teams recorded a win rate of 0.235 with a season record of 8 wins and 26 losses until this day, and stayed at the bottom of the American League Western and Central divisions, respectively.
A game in which the winning team could escape the disgrace of being at the bottom of the American League. It was a pretty fierce match. The game was tied by one point at 1-2 until the 7th inning, but Fujinami, who took the mound for relief, exploded a bomb.
Fujinami took the mound as the second pitcher after starting pitcher Mason Miller in the bottom of the 7th inning. The first inning was neat. He got a hit to left field by Barty Witt Jr. after two outs, but ended the inning by disposing of the follow-up hitter, Vinnie Pascantino, as a fly ball to left field.
Fujinami started the next inning as well. However, the momentum did not carry over. He gave up consecutive hits to Salvador Perez and MJ Melendez, making first and second base unharmed. Afterwards, Nick Prato hit a two-run double, widening the score to 1-4.
Fujinami handled the next hitter, Michael Garcia, with a ground ball to first base, and then came down the mound in exchange for Sam Long at first out and third base. Later, Long allowed a sacrifice fly to Michael Massey to make it 1-5, increasing Fujinami’s extra point by one point.먹튀검증
Afterwards, Oakland, who lost the momentum to pursue, had to turn around in the top of the ninth without any counterattack.
Fujinami’s final score was 1⅓ innings, 4 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs. His earned run average for the season further increased from 13.50 to 13.94.
At the beginning of the season, Fujinami pitched in 4 games as a starting pitcher, but only made 1 quality start (less than 3 earned runs in 6 innings) and went down to the bullpen with an ERA of 14.40.
Fujinami is getting a chance as a relief pitcher, but he still has no idea. Even as a bullpen pitcher, he is rocking with 8 hits, 7 walks, 5 strikeouts and 9 runs (8 earned runs) in 5⅔ innings. He is having a difficult first year in the big leagues in many ways, failing to show stable pitching in both the starting and bullpen.