Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) made major league history again. He didn’t get the win, but it was a two-hitter.

Ohtani batted second and started the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on April 4 (ET).온라인바카라

It was a disappointing outing for the pitcher. He left the game after four innings, throwing 59 pitches, giving up three hits, one walk and striking out four, when his hand cramped up. His second straight 10-win season would have to wait until his next start.

At the plate, however, Ohtani was hot at the plate with two hits (one home run), one RBI, two runs scored, and two walks. He even hit a home run in a four-strikeout game. A one-man show.

Let’s look at the at-bats. In his first at-bat, Ohtani took a first-pitch cutter from Seattle starter Brian Woo and lined it to center field, extending his hitting streak to eight games. In his second at-bat, he drew a five-pitch walk to complete the multi-hit game.

His hitting continued. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ohtani drew an automatic walk on a three-pitch at-bat with the bases loaded. He stole his 14th base of the season and came home on C.J. Cron’s RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. With the momentum in their favor, the Angels took a 2-1 lead on Mustachus’ RBI single.

Ohtani’s best at-bat came in the bottom of the eighth inning. With a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Ohtani faced Seattle reliever Isaiah Campbell and pulled hard on a 96.2-mph (154.8 km/h) fastball. The pitch left Ohtani’s bat at a whopping 106.7 mph (171.7 km/h) and traveled 390 feet (118.9 meters) before sailing over the right field fence for a solo home run. His 40th home run of the season.

Sarah Lance of MLB.com called it “unreal.”

With the win, Ohtani broke three records.

  1. First MLB player with four doubles, a home run, a stolen base, and a no-hitter

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ohtani became the first player in the modern era of baseball (1920s) to hit a home run, steal four bases, and record a no-hitter in the same game.

  1. First ML player to hit 40 homers + 150 strikeouts in back-to-back years

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Ohtani hit 40 home runs and struck out 150 batters for the second straight year. This is a first for Ohtani.

  1. 3rd home run, stolen base, and no earned run in the same game in history

This is only the third time in history that a player has hit a home run, stolen a base, and pitched a no-hitter in the same game. On May 23, 1905, Christy Mathewson pitched a nine-inning no-hitter, homered and stole a base. Then, on May 6, 2019, Pablo Sandoval homered and stole a base in a one-hit shutout. And a typo.

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