With the second shutout of the season, the winning percentage has returned to 50%, and the 1-0 match has been held since September 2018.
■ Angels 1-0 Athletics (1st Japan time, Anaheim)
Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani hit the first base in the final in a timely manner in the athletics match at his home base on the 31st (August 1, Japan time). The team defended one point of this “Torako” and shut it out. After winning the “1-0” for the first time in about three years, coach Joe Maddon said after the match, “In order to reach the target location, we must win the match by one point.”
Otani started as “No. 2 Designated Hitter”. Both sides scored no points in the 3rd inning, 1 death, 1st and 2nd base to the middle right. A double hit with a bullet speed of 110.6 miles (about 178.0 km) provided the opening goal. In the pitchers, the starting barrier was 4 hits, 2 hits and 4 dead balls until the middle of the 7th inning. After that, he succeeded with Cishek and Kihada, and finally the guardian god Iglesias closed.
The commander praised Barrier, who won his second unscathed victory, saying, “I was throwing a good pitch in an important situation. It was a wonderful calm. It was a very wonderful pitch again.” As the reason for the good throw, he said, “I think I’m confident. (The quality of the ball itself) hasn’t changed in particular. However, each ball has more feelings than before.”
For the Angels, the win rate returned to 50% with the second shutout victory of the season. In addition, according to the Angels number Jack Harris reporter of the US newspaper “LA Times”, the 1-0 victory is the first time in about three years since September 2018. Even if Otani hits, the pitchers are often disturbed and become foolish, and it became a rare game that defends one point of Otani.
(Full-Count editorial department)