Angels' Ohtani loses ideal game in 7th during home debut
Angels' Ohtani loses ideal game in 7th during home debut
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10 April, 2018, 20:22
But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave a fist pump and a celebratory scream at the ground while the crowd rose for a standing ovation.
Shohei Ohtani has thrown six flawless innings to begin his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels.
Ohtani threw six flawless innings against the A's before Marcus Semien singled to left with one out in the 7th inning to break up the ideal game. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.
"I wanted to hold a tidy zero to the board", Ohtani stated of the past out. In the 12th, with Kenley Jansen on the mound, McCutchen laced another single into right field and tied the career-high mark he set back in May 2010, with five hits.
"You never want to get a ideal game thrown on you", Semien said. The 23-year-old Ohtani isn't expected to bat - he's homered in three straight starts as a designated hitter. But unlike Babe Ruth - who chose to focus on batting and nearly entirely scrapped pitching after 1919 - Ohtani hopes to maintain his dual role throughout his entire career.
Ruth was able to dominate both disciplines such as the Boston Red Sox at 1918 and 1919 before his fateful go ahead to the New York Yankees, at which he became the Sultan of Swat and selfdom pitched. He's also been with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Hitting just one of them would put us in the black for the day.
Ohtani got a lineout to short to open the inning, but he fell behind 2-0 to Marcus Semien smashed single through the left of the infield.
The Angels' Mike Trout, right, gets a handshake from Kole Calhoun, after Trout scored in the first inning against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. He didn't earn a decision in that game because it remained scoreless into extra innings before the Angels won 2-1 on a walk-off home run by Trout in the 11th. This stout defense is one reason why the Angels cultivated a +8 differential in runs scored to runs allowed against Oakland, but another factor is at play as well. Graveman was pulled with just one out in the third as he allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts, throwing only 84 pitches.
CUBS 3, BREWERS 0 Jose Quintana (1-1) three-hit ball over six innings, Ben Zobrist homered and visiting Chicago finished 5-4 on its longest season-opening trip since going 7-5 in 1899. His pitching still has to iron out a little, but he had a decent first start against the Athletics.
But on the mound, that will be really where the Angels plan to utilize him primarily, Ohtani includes 18 strikeouts in just two matches, Helping drive Los Angeles to a remarkable 7 3 start.
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