Pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was expelled from the Major League (MLB) for assault and joined the Yokohama DeNA Baystars, won his debut match in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Bauer started in the home game against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball held at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on the 3rd and pitched well with 7 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 9 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings.
Bauer became the winning pitcher as Yokohama scored 4 runs in the 4th to 6th innings and won 4-1.
This match drew attention as Bauer’s debut match for the first team in Japan’s professional baseball league.
Bauer is a special pitcher with a 3.79 ERA in 222 major league games, 83 wins and 69 losses, and won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award. Ahead of the 2021 season, he signed a three-year, $102 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and opened the era of an annual salary of $40 million.
However, Bauer was suspected of assaulting a woman with whom he had sex in the summer of 2021, and the MLB Secretariat issued an administrative leave of absence.
Although the prosecution did not prosecute due to insufficient evidence, two additional women who claimed to have been similarly assaulted by Bauer appeared, and eventually Bauer was suspended from playing by the MLB Secretariat.
After the disciplinary action, Bauer was토토사이트 able to play major league games from the 2023 season, but was turned away from 30 major league clubs, including the Dodgers, his original club. Accordingly, Bauer pushed for overseas expansion in March and signed a contract with Yokohama for $4 million per year (separate incentives).
Bauer, who was preparing for his debut with the 1st team while checking his physical condition in the 2nd team, finally made his debut in Nippon Professional Baseball that day.
Bauer, who started the game with five consecutive outs, allowed Matt Davidson, a former teammate from the Cincinnati Reds, to score a solo shot with two outs in the top of the second inning, allowing the first run.
Afterwards, he was hit by consecutive hits by Kosuke Tanaka, Yuya Nirasawa, and showed a shaky appearance, but he struck out Guri Aren with a swing and avoided an extra run.
While the batting line succeeded in turning the ball 4-1, Bauer was once again in danger in the top of the 7th inning. However, after an 8-pitch battle with pinch hitter Ryuhei Matsuyama at 2nd, 2nd and 3rd base, he struck out on a swing with a sharp changeup and achieved a high-quality start (7 or more starting innings, 2 earned runs or less).
After the game, Yokohama coach Daisuke Miura said, “There were some missing balls, but I controlled it well right away. The slider and other breaking balls were excellent.” expressed