Dodgers player Yamamoto shines against the Yankees in best MLB start

Yoshinobu Yamamoto threw two hits in seven innings, making the best start of his brief Major League Baseball career, but was unable to get a decision in 11 innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday.

Yamamoto allowed one hit in each of the first two innings and twice left a runner in scoring position. His two walks came in the sixth and seventh innings before delivering his 106-pitch gem at Yankee Stadium.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees in the sixth inning of an MLB game at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 7, 2024. (Kyodo)

“Because my technique was good, my throws had the power of my weight shift. That showed what I can do,” said the three-time MVP of the Japanese Major League, whose contract is the largest ever offered to a pitcher.

“I felt like there was more hype around this game than usual, but I was able to fully focus on the game itself and that led to this result.”

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run double with one out in the 11th inning to open the scoring for the Dodgers. Aaron Judge scored a run in the home team's half, but the home team failed to score.

Shohei Ohtani remained hitless in his five appearances for the Dodgers.

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