Ivan Ochoa, an infielder with the Giants in 2008, led off the game by bunting for a single -- earning a round of boos from the crowd. Yoshida, 18, was unfazed, needing only five pitches to get a pop-up and a double play grounder. (You can watch the first inning here; the entire game might be available.)
Yoshida got two quick outs in the second, before hitting a batter and allowing a home run (on a fastball). With two outs in the third, she gave up three hits and two runs. She rated her performance -- 3-5-4-1-0, 47 -- as a 2 on a scale from 1-10.
In her only at-bat, she knocked a 1-1 pitch into right field for an RBI single.
Former Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall managed Yoshida in the Arizona Winter League and is the current president and general manager of the Outlaws.
There's going to be a draft here in a couple weeks and there's probably only a handful of 18-year-old high school kids who are going to get drafted who could come here and play. Men. Look at the rosters. You have Double-A, Triple-A, big-league guys. This isn't affiliated rookie ball; this isn't affiliated A-ball. This is way up there. These are 25- to 35-year-old men she's playing against.It will be interesting to see how Yoshida progresses against former major leaguers and other professionals, or players in the low minors if a team takes a chance on her. At this point, every game will be a significant challenge. If she's pitching in 2015, she'll still be only 23.