There was no giving up on Shohei Ohtani (28) of the Los Angeles Angels’ “all-round pitching”. The bat seemed to be silent for two days in a row, but in the end, in the bottom of the 9th inning, he struck a shot.
On the 11th메이저놀이터 (hereinafter Korean time), Ohtani started as the designated hitter in the home game against the Houston Astros in the 2023 major league held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA.
On this day, the Angels had Taylor Ward (left fielder), Mike Trout (center fielder), Ohtani (designated hitter), Anthony Rendon (third baseman), Hunter Renfro (right fielder), Brandon Drury (second baseman), Matt Theis (catcher), Geo Er The starting lineup consisted of Selah (first baseman)-Jack Neto (shortstop) and starting pitcher Griffin Canning.
The starting pitcher Ohtani faces is right-hander Christian Javier. In the bottom of the first inning, facing Javier, Ohtani struck out on a 93-mile (150 km) four-seam fastball that came in on the sixth pitch from a full count, and withdrew.
Ohtani, who came out as the lead batter at the end of the 4th inning and met Javier again, missed the first pitch and hit a 91-mile (146 km) four-seam fastball that came in the second pitch, but it ended up being a fly-out to center fielder. Even in the bottom of the 6th inning with 2 outs, Javier’s 94 mile (151 km) four-seam fastball, which came in for the 6th pitch from the ball count 2B 2S, struck out with a miss, and suffered a struggle.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Angels were trailing 2-5, Trout, the lead hitter, got on base with a heavy hit, and Ohtani was hit with a safe first base situation. The opposing pitcher is Houston closer Ryan Presley. Ohtani hit the 82-mile (132 km) curve that came in on the 4th ball count 2B 1S and hit a 2-run home run in Woo Jung-Wol. Ohtani’s 8th home run of the season. It was a shot with the Angels pursuing 4-5.
Ohtani added a home run 10 days after hitting his 7th home run of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 1st.
After Ohtani’s home run, the Angels had a chance to run 1st and 2nd base safely, aiming for a double lead, but the follow-up hit failed and they had to accept a 4-5 defeat.
On this day, Ohtani, who had 1 hit, 2 RBI and 1 run in 4 at-bats, marked a batting average of .293 for the season. Javier, who had 2 strikeouts against Ohtani, earned 11 strikeouts in 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, and won his 3rd win (1 loss) of the season. I tasted the pain of the first loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Ohtani pitched as a starting pitcher in the home game against Houston the previous day (10th) and pitched well with 6 hits, 7 strikeouts and 3 runs in 7 innings, but the team lost 1-3 and suffered the first loss of the season. At that time, he went 0-hit in 3 at-bats.