UPDATE1: Baseball: Fighters’ Otani rewrites Japan speed record

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22:19 13 Sep 2016

SAPPORO, Sept. 13, Kyodo

Shohei Otani, a fastest pitcher available in Japan, rewrote his possess record on Tuesday, when one of his pitches was clocked during 164 kilometers per hour (101.9 miles per hour).

The 22-year-old Nippon Ham Fighters ace, who has regularly overwhelmed 163 kph this season, determined a new high in a third inning during Sapporo Dome opposite a Orix Buffaloes. With one out and runners on second and third, a inside fastball tangled Yoshio Itoi, who strike a light over second for a two-run single.

Otani, who has been a Fighters’ element designated hitter this season, was creation his second start given a scald on Jul 10 pushed him out of a starting rotation. He authorised dual runs on 4 hits in 5 innings. Otani threw 87 pitches, walked one kick and struck out nine.

“As distant as a peculiarity goes, permitting runners on bottom was an issue,” Otani said. “Because we was doing improved toward a end, we wish to be means to request today’s lessons a subsequent time out.”

He left with a diversion tied 2-2, and a league-leading Fighters came behind to kick Orix 4-2.

A week ago, in his initial start back, Otani threw 38 pitches and authorised a run in dual innings.

The right-hander entered Tuesday’s diversion with an 8-4 record and 142 strikeouts in 118 innings. As a maladroit hitter, Otani has a .326 normal with 22 home runs and a .425 on-base commission in 288 at-bats.


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