Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who pitched six innings of one-run ball to lead his team to victory, talked about the key to his performance.
Kikuchi pitched six innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts and three walks to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday.안전놀이터
“I pitched 100 percent from the start,” he said. “I was trying not to give up an early run. I tried to get the momentum going in our favor,” he said of his performance.
When asked what it means to pitch “100 percent,” Kikuchi said, “Usually I tend to take it slow in the beginning, checking my body and stuff. Obviously, the goal is always to go six innings, but I wasn’t thinking about that today. I just wanted to give it my all from the start,” he explained.
Manager John Schneider said, “He had a dynamic delivery. It was great,” said manager John Schneider, praising Kikuchi’s performance. “His fastball, curveball and slider were good. There weren’t a lot of hard-hit balls,” he said, noting that the three pitches worked well.
Kikuchi has pitched well in his last four outings, allowing four runs (three earned) in 22 innings.
When asked about his recent success, he attributed it to “being able to throw my fastball aggressively and not giving up home runs.”
Kikuchi had his moments on this day. In the fourth inning, he felt something in his right arm as he tried to block Austin Hayes’ hit with his glove. Fortunately, he was able to continue pitching.
“I had a cramp in my triceps,” Schneider said. He was moving his arm in a weird way and that’s what happened,” Schneider said.
“I think I need to eat more bananas,” Kikuchi said with a smile when asked about the situation. “I’m not worried about it at all,” he said.