Ken Ishihara

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Ken Luis Ishihara Tsukazan

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 154 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Ken Ishihara was on the Peruvian national team that won the Bronze in the 2012 South American Championship. He pitched for Peru in the 2013 Bolivarian Games. He was with Peru for the 2015 South American Championship, winning the Bronze Medal. He allowed 7 hits and 5 runs (2 earned) in 3 innings, striking out two. He led Peru's staff in the 2016 South American Championship, allowing three unearned runs in 7 innings (6 H, 1 BB, 5 K) before Kevin Yamamoto relieved in a 5-4 win over Chile to give Peru a spot in the semifinals.

He contained the Dominican national team for three runs in six in the 2019 Pan American Games before fading in a loss to Angel Castro then lost to Nicaragua and Gustavo Martínez. His 11 innings easily led the staff, six ahead of runner-up Edgar Paredes. He led the Games in losses. In the 2022 Bolivarian Games, he lost to the Dominicans' Samuel Burgos and Venezuela's Javier Gorrin. He tied Paredes for the most losses in those Games and was again the Peruvian workhorse (9 1/3 IP; next on the staff at 4 2/3 were Jorge Sivirichi and Gianpierre Reaño).

A month later, the 37-year-old fared much better in the 2022 South American Championship opener versus Bolivia. He retired all nine batters (Cristian Soliz, José Delgado, Alexi Legra, Humberto Salas, Franklin Montero, Bernabe Martinez, Percy Venegas, Carlos Rivas and Brian Sossa), striking out Legra and Salas. Reaño and Alex Takano completed the no-hitter but failed to hold on to the perfecto thanks to an error. He got the win over Cristian Choque.

He is the brother of Jin Ishihara.