448.8 billion shoulders’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto (26, LA Dodgers) showed off a pitch worthy of the highest-paid pitcher.

The Dodgers won 8-0 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ‘2024 Major League Baseball (MLB)’ held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on the 2nd (Korean time).

Although Shohei Ohtani was absent for rest, the Dodgers’ batting lineup showed enough cohesion to take down Arizona starter Jordan Montgomery in three innings.

Starter Yamamoto pitched well without allowing any runs (5 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts in 6 innings) and earned his 3rd win (1 loss) of the season. Yamamoto, who earned his second win of the season with a scoreless pitch (6 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts) against the Washington Nationals on the 26th of last month in his previous appearance on the mound, recorded a quality start that day as well and became the winning pitcher.

Yamamoto, who had continued his scoreless streak until the 5th inning, allowed a walk and a hit in the bottom of the 6th and was in danger with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, but ended the inning without allowing a run by catching Suarez with a ground ball to 3rd base. The maximum fastball speed is 156 km. The four-seamer, who had lost his power early in the opening game, regained the power he showed on the Japanese professional baseball stage, and the splitter and curveball toyed with batters to the extent of causing 11 missed swings.

Dodgers manager Roberts explained the reason for the good pitching streak, saying, “With the four-seamer coming back to life, other breaking balls are also showing their power.” After watching Yamamoto pitch, the local broadcaster said, “Yamamoto has returned to normal. “I think we can forget about the Seoul Series,” he said. He has risen to a level where he can form a one-two punch with Tyler Glasnow.

Yamamoto, who suffered humiliation in the game against the San Diego Padres held at Gocheok Sky Dome last March by allowing 4 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 5 runs in 1 inning, has washed away concerns about a ‘run and run’ in the early opening season and is finding stability. As he succeeded in making quality starts in three consecutive games, his earned run average, which was in the mid-3 point range, suddenly dropped to the 2-point range (2.91). Excluding the Seoul Series game against San Diego, the average ERA is around 1 point (1.64). His hitting percentage is also ace-level at 0.225.

With Yamamoto coming back to life, the competition for the NL Rookie of the Year title with Shota Imanaga (Chicago Cubs), who is recording an ERA of 0, has become even more heated.

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