Roki Sasaki’s perfect match was a long one, the first in mainland Japan since 1994. But the expectations were justified. Sasaki killed 19 of the 27 men he met, completing what should be described as one of the greatest games ever to take place.
The Chiba Lotte Marines’ 6-0 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday did not break Japan’s record for the best games, nor did it overtake 14th with Matt Cain of the Giants in 2012. Dodger’s Sandy Koufax in 1965.
Sasaki, 20, fought in the third fight in the first round, then in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds. 13 consecutive beats and Japanese baseball history. The same Major League baseball record per game is 10 and shared with Tom Seaver, Aaron Nola and Corbin Burnes.
It was the first game of Sasaki’s youth career, and even the most successful one required only 105 wounds.
“The main thing today was progress in math, being able to do demonstrations,” Sasaki told Kyodo News. “Now I want to do everything I can to sing better next time.”
He loved Masataka Yoshida, a three-time Buffaloes nominee. Yoshida hit just 26 times last season, a very low number for ordinary players. “I was completely beaten,” he told The Asahi Shimbun. “No connection problem.”
Indeed, young Sasaki benefited from an ancient clever hand at handling. Not exactly. His back, Ko Matsukawa, is only 18 years old.
Major League Baseball has a shortage of its own games, though not as far as the 28-year-old Japanese drought before Sasaki. There were nine excellent games from 1998 to 2012, but none since.
Obviously, the stickers show that Sasaki’s game would have been better: Eight boys avoided a hit.
University of North Texas softball producer Hope Trautwein made 21 of the 21 NCAA matches last year.
And in 1952, Ron Necciai beat 27 strikers in Bristol Twins’ Class D mini-game against the Welch Miners. He also had 24 wrestling games in the junior, but the difficulty of the rotator cuff led him to play several major league games.
Last year, as a teenager, Sasaki made a splash in Japan with a 4-2 record and a 1.84 ERA in 16 games.
As a result of the partnership between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball, Japanese players who have signed with the local club will not be eligible until they have nine professional years. Prior to this, players face all shipping challenges, which include a number of restrictions and bans, as well as a global bonus pool, which calculates the amount a team can spend on players born outside the United States until they are 25 and play for five years. is one of the best baseball players.
Sasaki, in his second year pro, has to wait.