Akiyoshi Katsuno took a one-hitter into the sixth inning of his first professional start on Friday but gave up three runs and took the loss as the Yomiuri Giants beat the Chunichi Dragons 4-1.

Katsuno (0-1) pitched five dominant innings at Nagoya Dome until getting himself into a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth. He ended up yielding four hits in his NPB debut, striking out three while walking three.

The 21-year-old joined the Dragons from the corporate leagues as the club's third-round pick in the 2018 draft. He played for the national team at last year's Asian Games in Indonesia, where Samurai Japan finished runner-up to South Korea.