Last week there was a late addition to the list of NPB players playing in the Australian Baseball League this winter. Eagles pitcher Takahisa Hayakawa joined the Perth Heat in time to play in their games against the Cavalry in Canberra. It was a wet weekend in Australia's capital with their game on Thursday night getting rained out completely and Friday night's game was suspended after two innings due to rain. When play resumed on Saturday, Hayakawa took the mound for the Heat with the score 3-2 in favor of Perth in the third inning. As this was the first time Hayakawa had pitched in almost two months, he was a little rusty and the Calvary scored four runs on four hits and a Perth error. He settled down after that inning though and pitched the remainder of the game while only giving up one more run. His numbers for the game (which was shortened to only eight innings) was ten strikeouts, no walks, seven hits and five runs (but only two earned) over six innings of work. He also ended up with the win as the Heat rallied to win the game 9-7.
I thought I'd celebrate his ABL debut by sharing the Epoch One card for his NPB debut from 2021:
|2021 Epoch One #037