Yuki Matsui: Did You Know

Matsui pitched the ninth against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 25 and struck out the side on nine pitches. He became the seventeenth player in NPB history to achieve the feat, first since Chunichi’s Yuta Muto on September 10, 2014, and first in Rakuten franchise history.

Source: Sponichi 4/25/2017

Matsui closed out a game against Lotte on April 25 by striking out the side with nine pitches.

  • Kei Hosoya: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Matt Duffy: swinging, swinging, swinging
  • Daichi Suzuki: looking, foul, swinging

He became the seventeenth player (accomplished eighteen times) in NPB history (sixth and accomplished seven times in Pacific League history, first in Rakuten Eagles’ franchise history) to strike out the side with nine pitches. He is the first to accomplish the feat while facing the three, four, and five batters. He is also the first to record at least seven swinging strikes (the previous record of six was set by Masaji Hiramatsu in 1979).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 42 25 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 43 23 20 0
Yokohama 44 19 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 45 17 25 3
G W L T
Rakuten 38 27 11 0
Softbank 45 28 17 0
Seibu 41 23 17 1
Nippon Ham 42 18 24 0
Orix 42 18 24 0
Lotte 44 11 32 1
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