The Unstoppable Azuma: Unraveling the Mastery of DeNA’s Pitching Prodigy
Azuma’s Unyielding Power Amid Climax Series Playoffs
As the Climax Series (CS) playoffs loom, DeNA’s pitching sensation, Azuma, continues to exude his signature pitching style, which involves a daring gameplay within the strike zone. Despite the mounting pressure of these critical matches, Azuma remained composed and focused on his game strategy.
In a tense second inning of a game with a 0-0 score, Azuma faced a full base with only one out, following his fourth walk in four games. However, undeterred by the precarious position, Azuma maintained his cool. He commented, “As long as I’m pitching in the zone, it’s possible to get hit. There was no rush.” True to his words, he managed to stay on top of the situation, successfully striking out Giants Yoshikawa and Yamasaki Ei with his fastball, without conceding any points.
Third Inning Reprieve and Team Response
In the third inning, Azuma once again demonstrated his tactical brilliance by controlling a situation with one out and runners on first and second bases. His team, stirred by his powerful pitching, responded by scoring the first point in the following attack.
From the fourth inning onwards, Azuma further elevated his performance. He allowed only five hits, one walk, and no points lost in eight innings. This exceptional performance earned him his 16th victory in a pitcher’s battle against Yamasaki Ei, extending his winning streak to 12. This is a tie record for the team that had been ongoing since his game against Rakuten on June 1.
Azuma’s Calm Demeanor Amid Crisis
While there are pitchers like his teammate Bauer who respond to the pinch by heating up and shifting gears, Azuma has a different approach. He is the type to remain calm and composed even in the face of adversity. Manager Miura lauded Azuma’s unique approach, stating, “Even if he lets runners on, he doesn’t get upset and can tighten up in important places.” In the critical match, Azuma’s strengths were on full display.
A Final Leap Towards the Climax Series
DeNA’s entry into the CS will be confirmed if they win or draw in their match against Yakult on the 27th. With a 1.5 game difference with second-place Hiroshima, and having secured two consecutive 1-0 narrow victories, the team is brimming with determination to continue demonstrating their tenacity in the remaining five games.
As Azuma continues to shine on the pitch, fans eagerly await the outcomes of the upcoming matches. His calm demeanor and steadfast performance have not only bolstered his team’s chances in the CS playoffs but also solidified his reputation as a pitching prodigy in the world of baseball.
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