Nao Higashihama’s no-hitter adds to the strong performance of NPB launchers in 2022

Nao Higashihama was watching on TV in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ weight room on Wednesday morning when Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels launched his first career no-hitter (Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., Taking into account the time difference between the United States and Japan). He didn’t know, he was just a few hours away from joining the club himself.

Higashihama launched the best game of his career Wednesday night against the Seibu Lions and added his name to the NPB record books with the first no-hitter of his career in a 2-0 win at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome.

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