Throwing 163 miles per hour…Fujinami ‘loses six’ in first start in 42 days, pulled after two runs in first inning; onetime rival Ohtani also struggles, allowing five runs in six innings

Shintaro Fujinami, 29, of the Oakland Athletics, who is struggling in his first year in the majors, was handed his sixth loss of the season before the first inning was over. He started against the Miami Marlins on March 3 and gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.

Fujinami was scheduled to go 1-2 innings in the opener, but left the game after throwing 19 pitches in the first inning. His ERA rose to 12.19.

Oakland’s 0-4 start is their worst of the year. After three days, the A’s are 12-47 with a 2.3 winning percentage. That ranks dead last out of 30 teams in the majors.

It’s his first time pitching the opener in the majors. After starting the season as a starter, Fujinami was relegated to a middle-of-the-rotation role as his struggles continued. The opener was his first start in 42 days since April 22 against the Texas Rangers.

The first two innings were good. He walked the 1-2 table setters.

He got Luis Araez on a foul fly to third and Jorge Solea on a grounder to second. He hit Arajuez with a 154-mile-per-hour outside fastball and Solea with a 157-mile-per-hour up-and-away fastball.

The tide turned in the second inning. He faced No. 3 Brian Cruz for two strikes. On a favorable pitch count, he lined a 160 mph fastball up the middle. Second and first.

Then the worst happened. He threw a 159-mile-per-hour fastball to the No. 4 hitter, Jesus Sanchez. Sanchez smashed the fastball into the middle of the strike zone for a two-run homer to left field. 2-0.

Fujinami retired No. 5 Yurieski Gurriel on a forkball and then came down the mound. His fastball to Gurriel touched 163 kilometers per hour, his highest velocity of the day.

Fujinami’s former rival in Nippon Professional Baseball, Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels), also struggled on the day.메이저사이트

Ohtani started against the Houston Astros and gave up five runs on nine hits, including two home runs, in six innings. It’s the most runs he’s allowed in a single game this season. He suffered his second loss of the season (5 wins) and pushed his ERA (3.30) into the triple digits.

He gave up a two-run homer to No. 3 Jordan Alvarez in the first inning and a two-run homer to No. 8 Corey Jenks in the sixth.

Ohtani, batting first, went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

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