[Orix]The first ball that Yoshinobu Yamamoto did not throw easily Behind the scenes of the no-hit no-run feat –Professional baseball reporter column –Baseball column: Nikkan Sports

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Looking back, it was the first ball. Orix ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (23) achieved a no-hit no-run, the 86th (97th) in the history of professional baseball in the Seibu match (Belluna) on the 18th.

Taking the last out, jersey number 18 took a delightful water shower from the rushing bench nine, the bullpen team. After that, after receiving a hero interview and bowing deeply to the fans, he appears in the press conference.

“In the bullpen, (the ball control) was scattered. I wasn’t that good (in good condition), but … “

I was surprised to hear the words expressed frankly. Looking back on the 27 outs, I remember seeing a different scene in only one place. It was the first ball.

Entering the game-. The pitching practice in the bottom of the first inning did not start easily. Yamamoto was filling and solidifying the mound’s scaffolding. This was a scene I wouldn’t normally see.

A good example is the mound at Kyocera Dome Osaka, the home of the city. Yamamoto moves forward from the bench on the first base side toward the mound with cool songs and applause. There is a plate at the end of his chest. When he reaches, he turns his body 90 degrees toward home plate and throws his first ball. He doesn’t care about the landing point of his right foot or left foot on the plate.

I once asked, “Why don’t you solidify your foothold when throwing the first ball?”

Yamamoto answered immediately with a smile

“My commitment is to keep the mound in the same state all the time. Every time I throw a ball, the toe part on the right foot plate side is dug. When the height here changes, the center of gravity of the stepping foot also changes. I devise burying and digging so that I can keep it flat all the time. “

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Eliminate undulations from the mound. The answer to the first ball of the day, which I didn’t throw easily, was there.

The starting lineup was Seibu Hirai. More than half of the pitchers prefer the first and third bases to stand on the mound, but Yamamoto basically steps on the middle of the plate to throw.

“If you throw it with your opponent’s pitcher, you don’t feel like your feet. That’s why I’m stepping on it. When I throw it with Mr. Senga (of Softbank), it’s the same atmosphere, so I don’t like it. Laughter). There are some places where my feet fit and are thrown. “

Pitching form, feeling of power, release position, and pitching … There are many departments that pitchers should clear.

Yamamoto, who has faced all divisions, realized the importance of mound judgment at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and the semi-final match against South Korea (Yokohama).

“At that time, the first ball slipped super. From there, I started to worry about it. The mound is not only the height, hardness, and appearance (of the scenery), but also the feeling of sand. Because “

Even on the big stage, he grows up with insatiable aspirations. Last season’s Sawamura Award pitcher, who carries the Hinomaru on his back, was given the title of “no-hitter no-run pitcher.”[Orix charge = Ken Mashiba]

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