1-3 shutout with seven strikeouts in the eighth inning…12th straight start with eight scoreless innings…16th win for Yokohama lefty Azuma, passing monster Yamamoto for most in both leagues.

Eight scoreless innings, 12th straight win in starts.

Yokohama BayStars left-handed ace Katsuki Azuma, 27, earned his 16th win in his 23rd game of the season. It is the most wins in both the Central and Pacific Leagues. He passed Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25), the Orix Buffaloes’ “monster pitcher. Yamamoto picked up his 15th win on April 24 against the Seibu Lions. Azuma has two losses and Yamamoto has six.

Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium on the 26th. They dominated the Yomiuri lineup, which is the top hitter in both leagues. He allowed five hits and no runs until the eighth inning. Faced 30 batters on 102 pitches, walking one and striking out six. Azuma suffered his only two losses against Yomiuri this season.

He hasn’t lost since June 1 against the Rakuten Eagles and has won 12 straight starts. Third-place Yokohama extended its lead to four games with a 1-0 victory over fourth-place Yomiuri. It was the second straight 1-0 shutout for Yomiuri.

He walked three batters in the first inning. He struck out Hisayoshi Jono on a swinging strike, Makoto Kadawaki on a grounder to second, and Hayato Samamoto on a grounder to third.

In the second inning, he got Kazuma Okamoto to fly out to center field to end the threat. He walked Takumi Oshiro on a full count to end the inning. The sixth pitch, a cut fastball, was hit low and away from Oshiro, a lefty.

Slightly off course. He gave up a single to No. 6 Hiroaki Yuto and a double to No. 7 Lewis Brinson.

With one out, he struck out No. 8 Naoki Yoshikawa and No. 9 Iori Yamasaki to put out the fire. A 145-mile-per-hour fastball outside the zone cracked Yoshikawa’s bat. He struck out Yamasaki on a 148 mph fastball outside the strike zone.

Runners were in scoring position in the third inning. After a walk, Kadoki singled to second and Sakamoto to third. The inning ended with runners on first and second. We got Okamoto 4 and Oshiro 5 to fly out to shortstop and fly out to left field.

The game went to the seventh inning without a threat. The fourth, fifth, and seventh innings ended in a triple play. After giving up a leadoff single to No. 9 Yamasaki in the fifth, he retired the next three batters.안전놀이터

Threw 95 pitches through the 7th inning.

In the eighth inning, Yomiuri retired batters 1-3 on seven pitches. Retired Jono, Kadoki, and Sakamoto on a grounder to third base, a grounder to second base, and a fly out to center field.

Yokohama took the lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Daishi Ota. That would be the final score.

In 23 games, Azuma is 16-2 with a 2.03 ERA and an 8.89 winning percentage. Azuma leads the Central League in wins and winning percentage. In 164 1/3 innings pitched, he has walked just 15 batters.






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