‘Japanese Save King’ Cuba Express, 30 consecutive games ERA 0 march… Chunichi’s 2nd greatest record ever

Rydel Martinez (27) from Cuba of the Nippon Professional Baseball Chunichi Dragons continued his ERA of 0 in 30 consecutive games after the opening.

In the match against the Yakult Swallows held at Jingu Stadium in Japan on the 13th, Martinez took the mound in the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead and recorded a save with one scoreless inning.

He quickly finished the game with 6 balls. The first batter, Murakami, got an outcount with the pitcher’s grounder on the first pitch (splitter). The next batter also treated the first pitch as a shortstop ground ball, and easily caught two outs with two balls.메이저놀이터 추천

After 2 outs, pinch hitter Aoki finished the game with a ground ball to the 2nd baseman on the 4th pitch from a ball count of 1 ball-2 strike, and recorded a save while protecting the victory.

Martinez, who has been playing for Chunichi since 2018, appeared in 56 games last year and recorded 4 wins, 3 losses, 39 saves, 5 holds, and an average ERA of 0.97, winning the Central League save title.

He pitched in 30 games this season, recording 1 win, 1 loss, 21 saves and 5 holds, an ERA of 0. He is leading the league in saves. In the first loss, he became a losing pitcher after getting a final hit with 1 out and bases loaded at the Hanshin War on May 3, but it was an unaccounted run due to a defensive mistake.

On the 11th against Yakult, Martinez recorded 20 saves of the season by blocking without a run in the 9th inning with 2 outs and bases loaded. 20 saves for 4 consecutive years from the 2020 season, which was in charge of finishing in earnest. 

Martinez achieved 20 saves for 4 consecutive years, second only to Iwase (20 saves for 11 consecutive years), who holds the record for the most saves (407 saves) for the Chunichi club.

Martinez, who is 193cm tall, is a fireballer. The highest speed of his fastball is 161 km. The slider and splitter thrown against Aoki that day recorded 148km each. 

In March, he participated in the World Baseball Classic as the Cuban national team and contributed to Cuba’s advancement to the semifinals. He pitched in 3 games, going 1 loss and 1 save with a 4.50 earned run average.

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