Reporter Yang Jung-woong of Star News | 2023.04.28 11:50
Unexpectedly, Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) allowed a hit to the last team in the Major League (MLB) from the mound. Although he compensated for the blow, he expressed his intention to meditate. On the 28th (Korea time), Ohtani played as a starting pitcher and third batter in the 2023 Major League home game against Oakland held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA.
Oakland had a season winning percentage of 0.200 (5 wins, 20 losses) before the game, and remained at the bottom of the overall winning percentage in the major leagues. In the season opener on the 31st of last month, Ohtani also managed Oakland with 10 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings.
Through the first three innings, Ohtani dominated the Oakland lineup. Esteuri Ruiz, the first batter in the first inning, struck out on three pitches, and continued to pitch without a hitch. Up until the 3rd batter, against 9 batters, no one was sent to first base, and 5 batters struck out.
Nevertheless, at the start of the 4th inning, the atmosphere flowed strangely as the ball hit Ruiz, the leadoff batter. With a stolen base and a wild throw, the runner went to third base in an instant, and a shaken Ohtani allowed to chase by hitting a three-run home run off Brent Rooker in the third following a walk.
Even with the runners gone, Ohtani gave up another 4-pitch to Jace Peterson, and hit a 2-run homer to Shay Langliers to lose the lead by 5 runs. Ohtani continued to give up doubles and walks, but did not allow extra runs.
However, ‘Tathani’ paid back the points that ‘Tutani’ gave. He heated up his sense of hitting by recording a hit in the first at-bat in the first inning, and became the protagonist of the first run in the third inning with a run and a double on first and third bases. He also added a run by stepping on a home run by Brandon Drury. Ohtani survived with a triple in the 6th inning, and then managed to score when the next batter, Anthony Rendon’s double, widened the score gap.
On this day, Ohtani recorded 3 hits, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts and 5 runs on the mound in 6 innings, and 3 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs in 5 at bats. Unfortunately, he failed to achieve cycling success (hitting for the cycle) by recording singles, doubles, and triples in turn.
Ohtani, who scored less than one run in every game this year, suffered the indignity of the most runs since the game against Atlanta on July 23 last year (6 runs in 6⅓ innings). Nevertheless, with the support of the other line including himself, the team won 8-7 and won the 4th win of the season.
After the game, Ohtani seemed to blame himself. According to Japanese media Full Count, he bowed his head for allowing the big hit in the 4th inning, saying, “I won’t say it was because of the first ball (Ruiz) in the inning, but I should have caught out count.” “I felt sorry for giving up 5 points immediately after receiving 5 points, but I wanted to start the game again because I was a member of the other team,” he said.
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