‘Ghost Fork’ Nippon Senga wins 10 games in first year in ML…first time in 7 years for a Nippon pitcher

Senga Godai of the New York Mets recorded 10 wins in his first year in the major leagues.

Senga started the game against 메이저놀이터 the St. Louis Cardinals held at St. Louis Busch Stadium on the 20th (Korean time), USA, and pitched 2 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts and 1 run in 7 innings, becoming the winning pitcher.

With this, Senga achieved 10 wins (6 losses) in the season. His earned run average of 3.19 is fifth in the league. In his first year in the big leagues, he is doing exceptionally well.

Senga is the first Japanese pitcher since Kenta Maeda in 2016 to record double-digit wins in his first year in the major leagues. 

After one out in the first inning, Senga sent a runner out due to an error by the second baseman, but ended the inning with an infield ground ball and an outfield fly ball. In the second inning, the lead batter went on base with a walk, but the pitcher’s grounder double hit eliminated the runner, and the shortstop’s grounder continued to score no runs.

In the third inning, he struck out the lead batter in the fourth inning, leading 3-0, before allowing Nolan Arenado a solo home run. He was hit after allowing a home run, but ended the inning with a double hit on a grounder to third base.

He gave up one walk in the fifth inning, but kept it without a run, ending the sixth inning with a three-way exit. He struck out in the 7th inning – a grounder to third base – and made a clean save.

The Mets batting line hit three home runs and won 13-2. In the 5th inning, Vogelbeck hit a home run on the bases and took a big lead, 7-1.

Senga, who joined the Nippon Professional Baseball Softbank Hawks as a training player in 2011, specializes in a 160km fastball and a forkball called ‘ghost fork’.

Last year at Softbank, he recorded 11 wins and 6 losses with an ERA of 1.94 and advanced to the big leagues. The New York Mets signed a five-year, $75 million (approximately 100.7 billion won) contract with Senga.


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