Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25, Orix Buffaloes) of the Japanese baseball team of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) threw a fastball with a maximum speed of 156 km per hour in the match against Cheongbaek. 

Yamamoto started against Cheongbaek on the 14th and faced 7 batters in 2 innings, giving up 1 hit, 4 strikeouts and no runs. It was his first actual appearance this season ahead of the WBC opening next month.  

Yamamoto threw a total of 27 pitches in two innings, striking out all three out counts in the first inning. Japan’s Nikkan Sports evaluated, “The pokeball was controlled a little high, but it was in good shape ahead of the opening of the tournament.” 온라인바카라

On this day, he threw a mix of curveballs and forkballs as well as fastballs. “There is no particular problem with the WBC official ball,” said Yamamoto. 

Yamamoto is an ace representing Japanese professional baseball.  

Yamamoto went 18-5 with an ERA of 1.39 with 206 strikeouts in 2021 and 15-5 with an ERA of 1.68 with 205 strikeouts in 2022. He won four crowns (wins, winning percentage, strikeouts, earned run average) for two consecutive years and dominated the Pacific League MVP and Sawamura awards. Thanks to Yamamoto’s performance, Orix reached the top after 26 years. 

Yamamoto fought hard with 2 runs (1 earned run), catching 9 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics semifinal match against Korea. 

The New York Post of the United States said ahead of the WBC, “Group B has Korea Professional Baseball MVP Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes) and Japanese Professional Baseball Pacific League MVP Yamamoto Yoshinobu,” and said, “Yamamoto is an ace in the big leagues right now. He is a pitcher who will play an active role. A pitcher with tremendous competitiveness in the major leagues. He can raise his speed to 99 miles per hour (about 159 km) whenever he wants. There is no need to show anything more in Japan.”

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