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Dodgers’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto lasts just one inning in highly anticipated MLB debut

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THE Los Angeles Dodgers proved their immense confidence in Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto when they signed him to a record 12-year, $325 million contract this offseason.

Yamamoto made his much-anticipated Major League Baseball debut Thursday in Seoul, South Korea, and it didn’t go well.

The Dodgers went to their bullpen after just one inning after the right-hander allowed five runs on 43 pitches in Game 2 of the MLB Seoul Series.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing an RBI double in the first inning during a 2024 Seoul Series game against the San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 21, 2024, in Seoul, Korea from South. (Masterpress/Getty Images)

Yamamoto managed to strike out two batters during the short outing, but the Dodgers lost the second game of the series to the San Diego Padres.

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Yamamoto was one of the highlights of Los Angeles’ offseason spending spree. The franchise also managed to attract superstar pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani away from the Los Angeles Angels.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing a two-run triple to Jake Cronenworth in the first inning during a 2024 Seoul Series game against the San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 21, 2024, in Seoul , in South Korea. (Masterpress/Getty Images)

Yamamoto began Thursday’s game by allowing a single, which he followed by hitting a batter, then allowing Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth’s triple to drive in two runs.

Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar became the first major league batter Yamamoto struck out.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers places in the top of the first inning during a 2024 Seoul Series game against the San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 21, 2024, in Seoul, South Korea . (Gene Wang/Getty Images)

Yamamoto’s performance throughout spring training has been considerably inconsistent. He pitched 9⅔ innings, posting an 8.38 ERA.

The Dodgers weren’t the only ones who believed Yamamoto’s pitching dominance would transfer to the big league level in United States The majority of MLB scouts believed in the pitcher’s abilities and several teams expressed interest in signing Yamamoto this winter.

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The Dodgers outbid the rest of the league for him.

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