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Yusei Kikuchi took the loss on Wednesday against Houston, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, Kikuchi allowed one run each of the next four innings. He didn't seem to have his best control in the game with Houston putting constant pressure on the base paths. He'll look to rebound next time he sees the mound.
Yusei Kikuchi took the no-decision on Friday against Oakland, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings with 12 strikeouts and one walk.
After two quick shutout innings, Kikuchi allowed solo home runs each of the next two innings before allowing a two-out RBI double that tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning. Despite a few poor pitches, Kikuchi's velocity was up all night. He was able to record a quality start after back-to-back poor performances prior to Friday night.
Yusei Kikuchi took the loss Saturday against the Angels, allowing seven runs on nine hits over five innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
It was not Kikuchi's night early, allowing a three-run double with two outs to David Fletcher in the second inning after Fletcher doubled in the first inning. The Angels continued to put pressure on Kikuchi all night, scoring in each of the next three innings as well.
Yusei Kikuchi was reinstated from the injured list on Monday.
Kikuchi has cleared COVID-19 protocols. It isn't exactly clear why, but he will not pitch in the All-Star game. Taylor Rogers will replace him in the game. Kikuchi posted a 3.48 ERA over 98.1 innings pitched prior to the All-Star break.
Yusei Kikuchi was placed on the COVID injured list on Sunday.
Kikuchi reportedly developed symptoms. He will need to produce two negative COVID tests and has already tested negative once. It is unclear at the moment if he will be able to pitch in the All-Star game.