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One Outs, Volume 3, Chapter 21 (pp. 93~113)
=Another 1-2-3 innings for the Lycaons in the bottom of the 2nd.
=It's now the 3rd inning,
=The Mariners are up to bat.
=That last inning,
=I think they might've caught on to how you change the spin on your fastball.
=I guess they won't get easy hits just from noticing that...
Chapter 21: Strategy
Chapter 21: Strategy
=Tokuchi's got Yamakawa down 0-2!
He's really got amazing control.
But like Takami and the others said,
It's just a mediocre fastball.
=Tokuchi, slated to start all 3 games in this series,
=Is placing his pitches very confidently and sparingly. He isn't fooling around at all.
=It's not that he won't fool around, he just can't afford to.
=After all, he's gotta pitch tomorrow and the day after that.
He's definitely gonna try and end it with the next pitch.
He'll place a low rotation fastball inside the strikezone!
=3rd pitch to Yamakawa—
You'll regret trying to conserve your energy—
=Steerike yer out—!
=A three-pitch strikeout!! What's going on with Yamakawa—!?
=He took a huge cut on a pitch
=That should've been ball one!
Now he throws me a pitch outside...
It's almost like he read my mind...!
=Nozoe, batting 2nd.
According to Takami and Tomas, Tokuchi starts by offering up his lazy fastball, then throws the low rotation pitch to fool the batter into taking a swing.
...So that must mean—
=He's never gonna start off with the low rotation fastball!
=The first pitch to Nozoe—
Piece of cake!
It's all mine—!!
=A low rotation fastball
=On the first pitch!?
=Oh no—! Nozoe swings on the first pitch and hits a routine grounder to second—!
=That's yet another 1-2-3 inning—!
=He read me like a book...!
=Tokuchi seems to be handling the defending champions with ease—!
=The Mariners lineup
=Simply had no answer for Tokuchi's wily pitching.
=One after another.
=They continued to pile up the outs.
=The prized cleanup trio remained hitless,
And incredibly enough,
Tokuchi had pitched a no-hitter through the 7th inning. The only baserunners being the pair of intentional walks in the 1st inning!!
=Why can't I hit those crappy pitches—!?
=How many bats is he planning on wasting today?
=Brooklyn brings 30 bats to every game so he doesn't have to worry about running out.
=Whoa, it's heavy!
=I heard it weighs 2.5* pounds.
[margin note]*Bats used in the professional leagues usually weigh around 2 pounds.
=What a monster, swinging around a bat like this...
=Yes, but it's even more amazing how he keeps breaking those bats like they're chopsticks.
...A heavy bat...
=I was worried about Takami, but...
=Looks like you've got it all under control.
=It's not over yet.
Toua continued his excellent pitching, allowing zero runners despite pitching on only 1-days rest,
Making it a no-hitter going into the top of the 9th inning.
=The Lycaons dugout is feeling ecstatic, completely oblivious of the fact that they haven't scored any runs either...
=You were right, Itsuki.
=What's really amazing about that guy is his ability to cater to the hitter's mindset.
=It took me 3 at-bats but I've realized,
=That guy...//Can tell exactly what we're thinking.
=Then all we've got to do
=Is not think about anything when we step into the batter's box!
=It's called "Mu no Kyouchi" in Japan, isn't it?
=That would be the best plan,//But there's no easy way to achieve that kind of mental stability.
=I don't think we have a chance trying to outsmart him.
=And it's not just about Tokuchi being the better gambler...//These past few years, we've been the champions, for better or for worse, and it's made us completely reliant on our strength as a team. We haven't had to outsmart our opponents in a while, and it's starting to show.
=Then Tokuchi's just going to keep destroying us like this...?
=No, I've got a plan.
=Forget about trying to hit Tokuchi's low rotation fastballs.
=Only go for the normal fastballs he sets up with.
=Second,//Only swing the bat once. Never take any additional swings.
=That means no practice swings in the batter's box. Not even when you're waiting on deck.
=Itsuki... What are you...?
=Tokuchi watches his opponents very very closely.
=That's where he starts analyzing his opponents' mindsets.
=Just now, Tomas stepped out of the batter's box after missing the first pitch, adjusted his grip downwards by an inch, and took a practice swing.
=It was pretty obvious you were going, "My timing is a little bit off," in the back of your head.
=Our subconscious thoughts always show up in our actions.
=We can't reduce our minds to nothingness, so we only have one choice.
=Suppress your actions as much as possible.
=Just one swing—//The moment you hit the ball.
=Whoa, hold up...
=You said just one swing to hit it, but...//What happens if you foul or whiff on that one shot?
=You won't miss!!
=And here's the most important part,
=The strategy for defeating Tokuchi, part 3...
=Tokuchi's pitches... With that...!?
=This is exactly what we need.
=One out, nobody on base in the top of the 9th inning.//The lead-off hitter, Yamakawa, is up to bat.
=Takami seemed pretty confident, but I wonder if this is really gonna work...
Don't go for the low rotation pitches. Only swing the bat once.
=I'll just have to go after the first pitch!
=Tokuchi's first pitch,
=Please don't be a low rotation pitch...
A low rotation
He got me again!!
=He hits it—!
=A clean hit to center field—!!
=He hit Tokuchi's hanging fastball right on the button—!
=Alright—! We can do this—!
=Get him outta there—!!
Worked like a charm.
=Nozoe hits it—!!
=Tomas drops it to left field—!!
=Whatever happened to that great pitching he displayed through the past eight innings!? 3 consecutive hits has made it a one-out bases-loaded situation in the top of the 9th—!!
=And now the two monsters are stepping to the plate!!
=How is Tokuchi going to get out of this one—!!?
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