His ERA hasn’t dropped below 10 in 18 games. That’s the story of Japanese major leaguer Shintaro Fujinami (29, Oakland Athletics), who throws a fastball that reaches 100 miles per hour (about 160.9 kilometers per hour).
Fujinami took the mound against the Miami Marlins in the 2023 Major League Baseball game at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on March 3 (KST).
“Fujinami is expected to pitch one or two innings before handing the baton over to Hogan Harris, who is expected to pitch a lot of innings,” said CBS Sports, a U.S. sports publication, in announcing the opener.
Fujinami took the mound and faced the Miami lineup. It was a good start. In the first inning, he got the first two batters, Luis Araes and Jorge Soler, to pop out to third and ground out to second, respectively.
He had one out to complete his assignment, but he couldn’t get that one out. After giving up a single up the middle to No. 3 hitter Brian De La Cruz, he gave up a two-run homer to Jesus Sanchez over the left field fence to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
After giving up the run, he faced veteran Yuli Gurriel and got a swinging strikeout on a full count to end the inning. In the bottom of the second, he turned the mound over to Harris to close out the outing. His final line was one inning, two hits 스포츠토토(one home run), four walks, one strikeout, and two runs. His only blemish was not getting out of the inning cleanly, giving up a home run. He threw a fastball that reached 100.7 mph, but he was unable to keep the bats in check.
Fujinami threw his hat in the ring for the major leagues this season. His hard-hitting fastball raised expectations in exhibition games, but once the season started, he struggled. His struggles cost him the starting job and relegated him to the bullpen, where he hasn’t been able to find his groove.
This year, Fujinami has a record of 2-6, 1 hold in 18 games with a 12.19 ERA, 32 strikeouts, and a 1.97 WHIP in 31 innings pitched. He’s been so bad that he hasn’t had an ERA in the teens since his big league debut. He’s also pitched a no-hitter just six of 18 times.
Oakland, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 against Miami. Fujinami, who gave up an early run, suffered his sixth loss of the season.