PEORIA, Arizona – The long-awaited Cactus League debut of left-hander Yusei Kikuchi of Mariners does not disappoint.
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means absolutely nothing, as it refers to the regular season, there was a lot of interest in the first look at Kikuchi as he faced the big leagues. Most interested? Kikuci himself.
"I have been inviting Japan for the last nine years, I wanted to test what I did in Japan against the Main League strikers," said Kikuchi with the translator Justin Novak after he got 1
Kikuci's first inning of the 1-2-3, 13th, 9 strike was highlighted by the rather inconvenient Joey Votto, who waved the curve of the six. All-Star and MVP times have faded.
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"Oh God!" Exclaimed The Voice of the Media. "Very good curl." It was very surprising. The League currently has not many pitchers to throw such a tournament. Hugh-Jin Rui of Dodgers, Clayton of Dodgers. Perhaps a few others who are throwing this way the traditional curveball on the left. He has a lot of potential. "
Kikuci was modest when asked about his cleansing of the Voto.
"It's spring training for him, I'm sure he's also adjusting his swing," Kikuci said. "But to draw a striker of this caliber, I'm really happy with the result today."
Kikuci's second inning was not moving smoothly like his first. He went on the tests and then had a few mistakes behind him. Two unrealized tracks marked, but he showed he had managed to get the ball on the ground several times when he was in trouble. This all contributed to a very good first impression on his manager.
"Yusei Kikuci, quite good," said Scott Servvais. told the pitch when a crowd of reporters surrounded him. "Better than pretty good." It was an extraordinary first time there. He had some nerves, but the fastball was really good, up to 95, the bumps we know are exceptional. "
Kukuchi threw 29 terrains in both fugues, but much more ahead of the match, as was accepted in Japan. He arrived in the park earlier on his start, went through his preparatory routine warming process, then played the catch in front of the dugout until it was time to take the mound. A very different view in a MLB park.
"We wanted to let him go through his usual routine," Serva said. "He was here 50-55 minutes before the start of the match. That's what he usually does. Over the course of time we will have four to five exits for him, this spring will tighten a bit and as the season continues, it will be a curve of learning about him. "
Kikuci himself has admitted that he does not just adapt to play in the United States but still learns as a pitcher. There are many things that can be taken away from his first attempt against the big leagues.
"What I received from today is the great leagues that are very powerful, and this is something I learned today and will take home and learn and work for My next start. "
Sailors plan to keep Kikuchi in regular rotation so he must take the ball again in five days.
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