Akino Tanaka

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Akino Tanaka (田中 露朝)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 4", Weight 117 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Akino Tanaka has pitched for the Japanese women's national team.

Tanaka debuted in the 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup, relieving Moemi Yoshii in the 5th inning of a 12-0 mercy rule win over the Netherlands. She retired Marije Filius on a grounder and struck out Bianca Mooi before Anouk Vergunst reached on an error and Tanaka walked Sofie van de Wiel. She recovered to fan Winke Verdick to complete the shutout. She struck out two of four batters in a win over Taiwan and retired all four batters in a win over South Korea. Japan won the Gold; she tied for 2nd in the Cup in wins, one behind Ayami Sato. [1]

In the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup, she again was a fine reliever for Japan. Against Canada, she was called on to save a 2-1 win for Sato; she struck out Mia Valcke. Daphnée Gelinas singled, Nicole Luchanski struck out and Kelsey Lalor singled but Tanaka escaped the jam as Jenna Flannigan hit into a force. She pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings against Australia and Venezuela combined. She saved another win for Sato in the Gold Medal Game against Taiwan; relieving with a 6-0 lead, she retired all six batters (Ya-Bo Wen [K], Chi Tseng, Ya-Ling Tsai [K], Yu-Ying Hsieh, Chi Lin [K], Yu-Hsuan Chen). She tied for 5th in the Cup with four games pitched and was the only hurler with multiple saves. She did not make the All-World Team as Meggie Meidlinger was named the top reliever. [2]