Ramp Champ #52 - Tomo Ohka

Tomo Ohka is a RHP who pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In June of 2000, Ohka threw a perfect game. It was only the third nine-inning perfect gameever pitched in the International League, and it was the first no-hitter in Pawtucket history. Alright, Hamilton!

In 1999, a 23-year-old Ohka started 12 games for Pawtucket. He went 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA. SRSLY? WHIP = 1.039. Et cetera.

2000 - Ohka started 19 games for Pawtucket, going 9-6 with a 2.96 ERA. He pitched three complete games, two of them shutouts. And yeah, one of those shutouts was the perfect game. Did you know it only took him 77 pitches? Ohka also led the entire league with his 1.026 WHIP.

2001 - Ohka went 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA. He started eight games, finished one of those.

Two things:
1. In 2000, Ohka got into a fight on the road in Norfolk with PawSox starter Sun-Woo Kim, probably about broads. It started during a rain delay and then finished back at the hotel. Ohka was suspended. I wonder who won?
2. "I've never come close to anything like this," Ohka said through an interpreter. "But when I realized what was starting to happen, I concentrated more on trying to win the game for the team. When the game ended, the first thing that went through my mind was `I did it!' " (source)

In the upper portion of the home plate tower, you can go check out Tomo Ohka. I like this. I like how we're learning... Together.

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