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BIG-LEAGUE SHUTOUT. Starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of the Seattle Mariners
throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during a baseball game in Toronto.
Kikuchi threw his first big-league shutout in the game. (Fred Thornhill/The
Canadian Press via AP)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #17 (September 2, 2019), page 9.
Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi throws 2-hitter for first shutout
By Ian Harrison
The Associated Press
TORONTO — After watching his team use seven pitchers in the previous game,
Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi wanted to give the bullpen a break.
His first big-league shutout fit the bill perfectly.
Kikuchi needed just 96 pitches to complete a two-hitter that led the Mariners
over the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-0.
Kikuchi (5-8) struck out eight, walked one, and retired the final 14 batters
in his first win since beating Baltimore on June 23. The rookie left-hander went
0-3 with a 6.53 ERA in eight starts covering 40 innings between victories.
"It being a bullpen day yesterday for the team, I felt like I was able to
step up," Kikuchi said through a translator. "I haven’t been getting the results
I’ve wanted to and I felt like I was good for the team today, so I was proud of
The 28-year-old Kikuchi was a star in Japan before signing a $56-million,
four-year deal with Seattle in the offseason. This was his 26th start for the
Mariners and first complete game.
"Yusei was really focused today," manager Scott Servais said. "Outstanding.
Heck of an outing. If you can throw a complete game anywhere at any time in the
big leagues in less than 100 pitches, it really doesn’t get any better than
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