Chris Seddon missed a shutout by one out in his first start in Japan as the Yomiuri Giants’ new southpaw struck out 15 in a 5-1 win against the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday.
Seddon, who led the Korean Baseball Organization with 14 wins last year for the SK Wyverns, gave up his first and only run at Tokyo Dome with two outs in the ninth inning off an RBI single by Jun Hirose.
Seddon threw 122 pitches, allowing six hits and a walk before being relieved by Kentaro Nishimura, who closed out the game for his third save of the season.
“I just feel great,” said the 30-year-old Seddon, who tied the record for most strikeouts in a game by a foreign pitcher. “I did everything I wanted to do. Can’t thank the team enough.”
“It would’ve been nice if I had the shutout. But overall, I’m happy,” he said.
The former Miami Marlin, who gave up his first hit of the game in the fourth, a double to Ryosuke Kikuchi, said he was not even aware of his strikeout total.
“That’s awesome,” he said. “I think it’s the most I’ve ever struck out.”
Seddon was backed up by four home runs — a two-run blast from Jose Lopez and solo shots from Itaru Hashimoto, Leslie Anderson and Shuichi Murata.
The Giants halted their slide at two games.
Hiroshima’s heralded rookie Daichi Osera (0-1) took his first career loss after allowing three earned runs on seven hits, including two homers, in seven innings of work.
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